3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my second Celebrity cruise after sailing on Equinox in Mediterranean 2 years ago. This ship went through total overhaul and it did not feel like an old ship, but sadly, the staff training was not there. Cabin was well appointed, ... Read More
This was my second Celebrity cruise after sailing on Equinox in Mediterranean 2 years ago. This ship went through total overhaul and it did not feel like an old ship, but sadly, the staff training was not there. Cabin was well appointed, and kept immaculate by our attendant, but our Aqua suite was extremely small. I have never been in a shower as small as this before. I was frustrated with the dining and bar staff. Obviously, they are understaffed. Our dinner at Blu lasted more than 2 and half hours every day. Everyone in my party of 6 agreed that their bar staff are not accommodating and extremely inefficient. There is nobody going around taking orders in the lounge, and usually the line at every bar is 5 to 10 minutes. Food quality at the main dining room and Blu were ok, but the buffet and specialty dining was worse than my experience at Equinox. I used private shore excursions so I cannot comment on them, but the night time entertainment was better than ever. We used Go Best package which includes premium liquor; prepaid gratuity, and free internet and some shipboard credit. Overall, this cruise was a great value for the money we paid, however, I am not sure if I’ll sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Best, effortless vacation i have had in years. disappointed with not getting veranda room during bidding but the view of the ocean was quite adequate. there was a lack of current movies shown on outdoor big screen theater. I was less ... Read More
Best, effortless vacation i have had in years. disappointed with not getting veranda room during bidding but the view of the ocean was quite adequate. there was a lack of current movies shown on outdoor big screen theater. I was less than excited to spend my evening with die-hard fans yelling at the screen during March Madness. I was disappointed that the Cruzan Rum and West End Highlights tour excursion that i wanted was not offered. I still made it to the distillery, where we were lied to cause we couldn't take the six bottles duty free that they promised. The walk around the St. George Botanical Garden was too intense for me and didn't show me anything more than i could see at my local botanical garden. I understand that the Whim Estate has not opened up since hurricane maria, but surely one of the other estates was open that could have been substituted. I prepaid for a martinin flight and the Blendtique experience, i was charged $31 on the ship for the flight which was reversed but i was still charged $40 for the bottle of wine that i created which was part of the experience. But the fact i didn't have to go to a muster drill, there was no line to get on or off the ship, and the cabin steward checked on our room twice daily and called me by name was oh so worth it! hands down. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Celebrity and our first on the Summit. Our first was on the Equinox. New beds were so comfortable and the pillows were wonderful! We were in aqua cabin 1140. Beautiful big balcony at the back of the ship. Only three small issues overall. One was that it was tight walking around the foot of the bed with the tv on the wall. Second was the new shower door made it difficult to get in and out of the shower stall. A rather odd design but better than a shower curtain sticking to your legs as you showered. The room was otherwise perfect! Quiet and comfortable with lots of storage space. The only other issue was not with the cabin or the ship but with the bar service. We upgraded to premium drink packages but several times the bars did not have the premium alcohol that was in our package. One time when I specifically asked for a tequila that I could see they had my drink was mixed with a lesser one. Bars were not properly staffed and waits were long. Don’t get me wrong, we are not heavy drinkers but the poor bar service seemed like they were taking advantage of those with the drink packages. The Summit staff was outstanding and our room steward, Ian, was the best we have had in all of our 12 cruises! I love Celebrity and the Summit! This ship overall was absolutely gorgeous. We enjoyed our meals in Blu but also visited the buffet for breakfast and afternoon snacks. The production shows were not our favorite but the performers were very good. There was nothing to complain about and the shows were all different. The music at the Sunset Bar was also enjoyable. We could hear it from our aft balcony and enjoyed it each night. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Since I'm not a total pessimist, let me start with the positives: - The majority of the crew was fantastic (outside of some rude guest service folks at night). - The musical entertainment throughout the ship was solid, and so ... Read More
Since I'm not a total pessimist, let me start with the positives: - The majority of the crew was fantastic (outside of some rude guest service folks at night). - The musical entertainment throughout the ship was solid, and so were the magician and comedian. - Loved the ports and the shore excursions that we went on (Diamond Falls in St. Lucia, beach break in Barbados, lobster cruise in Antigua, and remote beach day in Tortola). - Embarkation was extremely efficient. - The freestyle dining option was much better than my dining experience on other cruises (Carnival and Royal Caribbean). Now onto the less appealing parts of the trip: - The ship is definitely older and a bit of a maze to get around. - I noticed the rocking more on the Dawn than on other ships I have been on. - Disembarkation was fast, but our travel service to the airport was not available since we disembarked so early, so we ended up taking a taxi to the airport. - Service on the pool decks and at some of the bars was sub-par due to a lack of staff. Some of the bartenders weren't super friendly either. - We used the laundry service, and they ruined a pair of my board shorts. Full disclosure, guest service didn't charge us for the service and provided a $25 credit. ** Now for the low-light of the trip, our horrible room. It was obvious on the first day we arrived that the AC was not working and had not been working, yet they kept us in the room (maybe hoping we wouldn't mind). Not to mention, there was an odd, almost sewage like smell in the room. We called maintenance immediately and they came to fix it the first time. We left assuming it would be better when we came back...it was not. Called again, and the same situation. Keep in mind no updates are being provided. A couple days later. we come to find out from our room steward that the room above us had overflow issues which obviously zapped the electrical service in our room since the AC, the bathroom fan and several of our lights were shot. Rather than providing us with a new room (not even asking for an upgrade). They kept going on with this circus for 4 days. Finally, I was so fed up with sweating every night in bed that i asked for a fan. Miraculously, a downgraded room had opened up that day for us to sleep in (highly unlikely that it wasn't there the whole time). Guest service did adjust our service charges for the trip to attempt to right the wrong, but it was too little much too late. In summary, this trip left such a sour taste in my mouth that I highly doubt I will ever cruise with Norwegian again. I also will not be recommending them to anymore friends or family. This trip was embarrassing enough since we suggested it to our two friends who were first time cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Great process for embarkation. Smooth and fast Cabins clean and spiffy. Cabin Steward was always available but did not need to have him fix any problems with cabin. Refurb of ship is quite nice. Very evident they spent ... Read More
Great process for embarkation. Smooth and fast Cabins clean and spiffy. Cabin Steward was always available but did not need to have him fix any problems with cabin. Refurb of ship is quite nice. Very evident they spent attention to making inside beautiful However carpets are showing age in cabin and hallways. Dining was excellent. Pretty much no enrichment activities Excursions went well. Once canceled by weather and ship staff was great in reschedule. Time in port could of been more. Seemed they could of left later in the day. Check-in and Out from ship was swift and efficient. Explored San Juan before and after due to airline schedules. Stayed in Old San Juan and very satisfied with hotel. No hurricane damage evident in Old San Juan except some paint on buildings seemed to have been sandblasted off. Very evident most buildings were repainted. San Juan area east of Airport near casinos saw several hotels and buildings abandoned and awaiting repair. People of Puerto Rico are great and were happy we visited!. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had done two Viking Ocean cruises and have cruised other lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Oceana. We like the Viking River cruises better. We had a balcony but it was on the rear of the ship so we walked a lot. ... Read More
We had done two Viking Ocean cruises and have cruised other lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Oceana. We like the Viking River cruises better. We had a balcony but it was on the rear of the ship so we walked a lot. There were few hangers and not that many drawers to put things in. They kept the hallways very cold,the restaurants were cold and the theater was cold. We were in the Caribbean so it should not have been cold when it was warm outside. I was getting sore throat and had to take a lot of cough drops. We ate most of our meals in the World Cafe even though tipping is automatic. The specialty restaurants were included but you needed to make all of your reservations at the beginning of the cruise. I am a comfort food person, not a gourmet. The Mexican restaurant food was not like any Mexican food I had before. The portions were small and some of the food was unfamiliar to me even though I spent 30 years going to Mexico. The Italian restaurant menu was in Italian with extremely small print in English and I could not read it with my glasses on. I just asked for ceasar salad and Chicken Parmesan. The Restaurant seemed to serve the same menu pretty often. Viking gives you wine and beer with lunch and dinner and we had purchased the silver package using a credti from our travel agent and that was good. There were two Captains parties plus a sale away on the last night with champayne and snacks and this was very good. I had a problem about being invited to a mix and mingle even though I had started the role call. So I missed the first event but Mara from Romania, who was the head of Guest Services helped us out and there was a second mix and mingle that we did attend. It seems redundant that first you have to either start the role call or enroll and an exiisting role call and then also register for a mix and mingle, But I now know this and will be ready for the next cruise. I like the River cruises better because the ships are smaller, it was never too cold and we had people, who kept us fully informed on all events. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We knew going in the Fascination is an old boat, but it has a great itinerary and only one day at sea so we went ahead and booked. Overall we were more impressed than we expected. We were a party of 5, two parents and teenagers aged 19, ... Read More
We knew going in the Fascination is an old boat, but it has a great itinerary and only one day at sea so we went ahead and booked. Overall we were more impressed than we expected. We were a party of 5, two parents and teenagers aged 19, 18, and 14. The cabins are very clean and look updated, no wear and tear to be seen (and we were on the Riviera, so bottom deck). Beds and pillows are comfortable. Bathrooms were also very clean. There is a hair dryer in all of the rooms (online information said there was not). Plenty of closet space, but the safe is not large enough for a laptop. We had no issues with anything missing from our room. There's only one standard outlet in the room and one in the bathroom (the kids struggled for charge time!). Our room steward was attentive and friendly. Around the ship you could see a little more wear here and there, but overall not much. The public bathrooms were all clean and look recently updated. The decor is a bit out of date, but didn't detract from a good cruise experience. The ship was full, but we had no trouble finding a pool chair on the sea day (or in the late afternoons) and other than the buffet you didn't really feel too crowded. Getting on and off the ship at the ports was very easy and organized. The ports are great. We did the social WiFi for the kids and the basic WiFi for my husband and they worked fine with the exception of one day. We struggled a bit with the entertainment staff, while they were very friendly and outgoing they seemed to be screaming into the microphones, both out at the pool and inside during bingo. I am sure they have to have the volume up for some guests, but it was always so LOUD and sometimes distorted. We did not attend any of the evening shows or entertainment except the 80's dance party on the Lido deck, which was fun. We would recommend the mini speedboat tour in St. Kitts, and the Golden Eagle Catamaran on St. Maarten. Both were excellent and well run excursions, booked through Carnival. In Barbados we went to The Boatyard, which was a great day. Just get off the ship and go to the taxi stand and say the boatyard, it's $5 each to take a shuttle there and they will shuttle you back in the afternoon. It's $25 each to get into the Boatyard and that includes a beach chair and umbrella and one drink each, plus a short snorkel tour on a boat you board right off their pier. It was the best snorkeling we did all week, we saw several stingrays and a sea turtle. Food and drinks were good and not too expensive, and the staff was really friendly and fun. We had a great day there and highly recommend. I recommend getting the Carnival trip insurance, we ended up with cancelled flights that caused us to board the ship at the first port in St. Thomas. Carnival was very accommodating, they allowed us to cancel our excursion we had booked through them for that port with a full refund and arranged for our check-in that day. Upon return home I submitted the receipts for trip delay and baggage delay along with a letter from the airline explaining and we were reimbursed right away. The only real disappointments were the buffet, which is laid out poorly. You have people coming and going with strollers and wheelchairs and not wide enough spaces. The ice machines were working sporadically in the buffet and outside by the Mexican/ burger joint. Then workers would be using the ice machine to fill up glasses when customers were trying to get ice. Didn't seem to be a good system. And they seemed to be doing work continuously around the ship, varnishing railings and closing stairs, along with loud drilling. It made getting around a challenge. You would think they would take a week off and just do all the projects at once. Food was good, drinks are good but of course pricey (we don't drink enough to justify a package). We only ate in the dining room one dinner and it was fine (we aren't foodies). We wouldn't go back on this ship, but that's only because we try and go new places on each trip. If you are looking for a way to see these islands, we would recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had a wonderful cruise vacation on Carnival Fascination sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The number of island destinations was the main reason we chose this cruise (Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise vacation on Carnival Fascination sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The number of island destinations was the main reason we chose this cruise (Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St Kitts; and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten). We were happy we selected the FTTF (Faster To The Fun) as we were able to board the ship near noon on our sailing day and disembark early. As well as obtaining the early seating for dinner and priority service at Guest Services. Boarding at San Juan, was the worst part. People stood all around the outside of the dock area in no real discernable order. Thinking we were in a line for early boarding, we were stopped from entry when the people in front of us had a 2 pm board time. We kept trying every employee and finally gained admittance around 12:30. Later, we found out that this cruise also boards people at St. Maartens and (we think) St Thomas-which adds to the confusion in Puerto Rico. It seems that ALL passengers must be off the ship for 4 hours in San Juan for customs-including those who are not boarding at San Juan. So those people-who have valid sea passes are also waiting around trying to re-board. There should be a better way to allow those with sea passes and noon boarding unfettered access to entry. The ship is smaller and originally put into service in 1994, but they continue to update as recently as 2013. What our balcony cabin E249 lacked in a more modern bath area, was made up in the automated floor lighting when you got up at night, as well as the window beside the door to the balcony. We Love Guys Burgers (and fries) and had them continually! Plus we enjoyed the Blue Iguana for great Mexican food out by the pool. Also we Love that the ice cream is available 24/7! We enjoy dining in the main dining room and were not disappointed with the food, the service, the presentation or Lobster Night! Our main waiter, Elmer, is wonderful anddeserves recognition. As well as Ronnie and Yasa who assisted with our fine diningexperience. And finally, our cabin steward, Marlon, was one of the best we have ever had among allour 30 years of cruising. In St Thomas, we chose to walk around the town and stopped into "Pirates TreasureMuseum" for $16 per person and spent several hours learning about the shipwrecks,seeing items found below the sea, reading diary entries, and even speaking withCaptain Jack Sparrow's little brother. We recommend this adventure. At Barbados, we didn't take a cruise tour either, choosing instead to take a taxi to the George Washington House and Garrison Tunnels. This is only about a mile or so from the dock. The tour guides are knowledgeable and pleasant for both the restored home as well as the newly found Garrison Tunnels. Again we recommend. At St Lucia, we opted for the Carnival excursion of the Catamaran Cruise to the Pitons and were very pleased. The catamaran crew was wonderful, the scenery from the shoreline was amazing and we were able to stop for about a half an hour to walk along a little beach. For St Kitts, we chose the Highlights & Brimstone Hill Fortress sold by Carnival. Here our bus driver allowed a woman at the entrance to Brimstone (a Brimstone employee?) onto our van who pressured us to rent a device to tell us about the Fortress. However, the device repeatedly tells you to find "stop # blank on your map"-but there is no map! You have no way to know when to listen to your information at what location. Do NOT purchase this scam at the Fortress. Finally, we chose the new Rainforest Adventures St Maarten for the Sky Ride. The viewsare incredible and the Flying Dutchman looked like a wild ride! This is a definite GO. The only glitch we had was with our return flight, which we chose. The Boeing 737 Max 8's were downed days before our cruise. We called our airline, Southwest Air, and wereinformed that since neither nonstop flight to or from San Juan|Baltimore MD were onthe Max 8, there would be no problems. The flight to our cruise had no issues. However, when we got off the cruise at the end of our vacation, we found that Southwest had cancelled our return flight while we were at sea and then failed to notify us. Later we were informed that the Carnival system must not interact well with the Southwest system and that is why Southwest did not notify us of the change in our return flight cancellation. Instead of taking our confirmed nonstop flight at 2:50pm to Baltimore, we waited at the airport with ALL our luggage until 4 hours before an 8 pm flight to Orlando Florida. Southwest did give us a lunch ($10) and dinner ($14) voucher, but did nothing to help us with a room overnight in Orlando where they stranded us. We called Southwest following our trip and found that Southwest will only hollowly apologize. The $130 we paid to have a room to sleep was an additional expense that is our problem. We used to think Southwest was a premier airlines. It was disappointing to see how they reacted when a problem arose. At the very least, we now know. Again, Carnival has given us a wonderful vacation. You really should go on this one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the Southern Caribbean cruise because we enjoy warm weather after a long stint of snow and ice in Ontario, Canada. We sailed a similar cruise on Jewel of the Seas before. Ship - some wear but not noticeable unless someone was ... Read More
We chose the Southern Caribbean cruise because we enjoy warm weather after a long stint of snow and ice in Ontario, Canada. We sailed a similar cruise on Jewel of the Seas before. Ship - some wear but not noticeable unless someone was really looking. Promenade with shops and cafe and pizza was very good. No pushy sales people. The sports area was a bit tucked away though. Plenty of chairs/loungers even on our sea day. Entertainment - good. Same ice show was on 2 days at 2 different times. Good variety. Dining - requested a table for our group of 6. Unfortunately our head waiter had a new assistant waiter and service was slow as molasses. We were usually the last or almost the last to leave the dining room while a couple (also serviced by same waiters) received everything first. Ex: they had dessert before we received our appetizers. Also requested savory bites but was told could not provide :( People - everyone was very friendly. No issues with staff or other guests. Was a bit worried given the many negative reviews, but no issues at all on the cruise. St Thomas - we went to Sapphire Beach and surprisingly there was a water spout to wash off. Bar service and restrooms were available. Our ship docked at Crown Bay so there was an extra cost to go to downtown shopping. Antigua - had a great tour with Gordon Tours. For our group of 6, adults were $40/adult - Jerome was our tour guide. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the tour especially the visit to Nelson's Dockyard. Would suggest more time at the Dockyard as there was a lot to see. Barbados - visited the Boatyard for the first time and it was good. $25/person. As expected given our late docking there were no chairs/umbrella upon arrival. We made due under the pier and very nice people offered theirs when they left. Could not go on the boat to see the turtles even though we signed up right after arriving. Not worth it for us in the future as no guaranteed chairs/shade; not interested in inflatables; turtle boat dicey; last return back to cruise ship with them was 2hrs before all aboard. St Lucia - had a great time doing the Triple Adventure (jeep safari, zip lining and waterfall) with Treetop Adventures. Our guide was Erika/Sunshine. Gave a brief history during the Jeep Safari (tour portion was just ok). Zip lining was fantastic! Safety was huge plus. Groups have 2 guides for the zip lines. One guide goes first to the end of the zip line while the other guide hooks each person and tells you when to go. Way more safe zip lining with them than in Quebec. Afterwards, we had a provided burger and drinks at the waterfall. No "hike", just short walk. St Maarten - we went to Orient Bay and did parasailing and jet ski. We rented 2 chairs & umbrella for $30. Place with red umbrellas even had an outdoor shower. Short walk to other area including Le Macaron (to die for French pastries). There is also a guy who walks around with a wheel barrow selling coconuts. San Juan, PR - we had surf lessons at Pine Grove Surf Club (great instructor) on the Carolina side. Instructor is very patient. $55/person for lesson. Easy to find, just go on the Carolina beach to the right of the Ritz Carleton and there is a tent. We previously had lessons from Wow Surfing but they were rude when we emailed to book again. Kasalta bakery/sandwich place in Parque (close to Condado) - good place for breakfast. Ask for English menu. El Vagon food truck with seating in Miramar - delicious and reasonably priced. Miramar food trucks in Miramar - went there on Sunday around 1PM and there was only 1 food truck open. Went to nearby El Vagon instead. Bebo BBQ near airport - tasty and very cheap. However, salty and no English whatsoever. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
As college spring breakers, Norwegian seemed attractive to us for its many perks such as getting free open bar for the entirety of the trip and free or reduced airfare. We chose the Norwegian Dawn and departed from Puerto Rico. As soon as ... Read More
As college spring breakers, Norwegian seemed attractive to us for its many perks such as getting free open bar for the entirety of the trip and free or reduced airfare. We chose the Norwegian Dawn and departed from Puerto Rico. As soon as we touched down in Puerto Rico, everything went as smooth as it possibly could. We went to the port and it literally took less than 20 minutes to get through everything and walk on to the ship. In my past experiences, embarkation took sometimes up to an hour and a half. Ship and Cabin: The ship was very nice and had a modern touch to it. The common spaces were all very nice and the ship was pretty easy to navigate. The outdoor spaces such as the pool were clean. The pool was relatively easy to get chairs at and service was quick. Our room was ready as soon as we got on and our bags were in our room within a couple hours of getting on the ship as well. The room was very clean and spacious and our steward introduced himself right off the bat and worked very hard. Dining: We tried both the Venetian and Aqua dining rooms and multiple occasions and both had amazing service and food. Elizabeth in Venetian was especially attentive and made our first couple nights very memorable. Bamboo also had great food and was quick, but you definitely need a reservation! Also, the buffett was very good and had tons of options for lunch and dinner every day. Poolside drinks were always flowing, especially from the awesome Alistar. This guy was amazing! He always had the biggest smile on his face and made every interaction that much more fun. Entertainment and Activities: The Bliss Lounge was by far our favorite place to hangout. There was always something fun going on in there such as a karaoke contest or some type of game. There was also a DJ until late night that took requests and always made for a fun time. Mouna and Geo were two of the best dancers we have ever seen and were always pumping up the crowd. Nemanja and Alistar were also bar waiters in here and were awesome! They remembered all of our names and favorite drinks night after night. Go see them! Also, the ship had theme nights every night like Carribean Night or a White Out night. This brought tons of people out to the deck for music and dancing under the stars. The shows in the Stardust theatre were amazing. Every single one had people on the edge of their seats the entire time. They were definitely worth the time to go and see every single one. We would 100% go again, and plan on it! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Planned this cruise about a year out based on some friends that were going to be onboard with us. They didn't end up making it but we still decided to go based on the itinerary. We flew into San Juan 3 days before the cruise and we ... Read More
Planned this cruise about a year out based on some friends that were going to be onboard with us. They didn't end up making it but we still decided to go based on the itinerary. We flew into San Juan 3 days before the cruise and we were able to enjoy the island before getting to the ship. Glad we did, because this time of year is known for bad weather. We were also informed on the first and only sea day that some had missed the ship in PR because of the weather delays and were having to catch the ship in Barbados. One more reason why I would never recommend flying on the same day. On embarkation day, I will say this is the smoothest and quickest that I have ever boarded a cruise. We arrived at the port about 20 minutes before our scheduled 12:00 boarding. Waited just a few minutes to drop off our bags and then through security. Once inside, we were immediately waited on to get our room keys and then proceeded directly upstairs. Past cruises we have had to wait to be called in groups. Not so this time as we boarded the ship immediately. We were onboard before noon and even had to wait for the Venetian dinning room to open for lunch. They made several announcements that rooms would be ready between 2-2:30, however, I think they actually had them ready right at 2 which was great as we were able to get right in with little wait time. Now, for the ship itself and itinerary: - This is one of the smaller ships in the NCL fleet so it was not hard to get around. And crowds weren't as bad as they sometimes are on the bigger ships. - We had a balcony room on deck 10 and it was worth every bit of it. Small, but still plenty of room for what the two of us needed. Which was a place to sleep, shower, and relax for a little bit. - Richard Matic (cruise director) was everywhere. Him and his crew did an awesome job at bringing the entertainment. - With the exception of breakfast, NCL continues to impress me with the food. Either this ship didn't offer it, or NCL changed some recipes on breakfast. In the buffet, the omelets were too greasy, and the pancakes tasted like they had been sitting out way too long. Some other little things had also changed about the breakfast but overall, meals were fantastic. - Would have liked at least one more sea day on the back end or in the middle, as this was filled with 6 ports in the 7 days. - Antigua was probably one port that we could have done without. This was the one of two ports (St. Thomas) that we decided not to do an excursion on and I wish we would have. Not a whole lot to see or do on the island without an excursion. Also the poverty on the island was sad to see and that was just outside the port. Spoke with others that had done an island tour and they had said it only got worse the further away from St. Johns. - Other ports along the way were fantastic. Even while some were still recovering from the hurricanes, they still offered a lot. Overall, would go again on NCL. Would more than likely not go on the Dawn again unless it was the itinerary that I was looking for. I personally like the ships that are a little bigger and offer more to do. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We found ourselves on this cruise due to our limited options based on spring break. The Dawn is definitely a smaller and older ship. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the newer ships but, is certainly clean. The ship itself is ... Read More
We found ourselves on this cruise due to our limited options based on spring break. The Dawn is definitely a smaller and older ship. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the newer ships but, is certainly clean. The ship itself is well kept but, the age shows. Few elevators and the "main rooms" are nothing elaborate. Getting on board was flawless. Easy transfer from the airport and quick check in. Luggage was a bit late to the room but, not awful. We had a nice balcony mini suite that was spacious and spotless. Gorgeous views from that balcony and well worth the extra money for that perk. A word of caution though... don't book near the pool. Even one deck below, the music was so loud from the nightly "party" and it made it impossible to sleep and be ready for early excursions. Dining was okay. The buffet had several good selections each day and was certainly handy for a family to zip in and enjoy. The other restaurants were virtually impossible to get in to but, O'Sheehans, Aqua, and the Steakhouse were great! The entertainment was a bit dated and not very exciting. Our cruise offered two great shows but, the other times were filled with painful lounge type singers and game shows. Fewer activities on board than most ships. Only one pool and limited "sport" stuff. A small basketball court and a few shuffleboard courts were it. The casino is small and SO SMOKY. Yuck. The service and crew was AMAZING. Honestly, every single person on board was friendly, outgoing and polite. The crew made the cruise! The shopping was okay... jewelry store was quite nice but.. how does the "gift shop" not carry sunscreen??? Poor planning for sure. The ports were all nice but, we got burned on some excursions. In Barbados--the snorkeling trip with the Tiami crew was tough. They wouldn't allow fins to be used which made it hard for half of the boat to even do it. The reef riders in Antigua are more challenging than advertised but very fun. The dolphin experience (push, pull) in St. Kitts is the BEST thing ever! In St. Martin I would not recommend the golden eagle sail thing. They stuffed 93 people on the catamaran and it was awful. We traveled with a 14 year old and 17 year old and this cruise was fun but, not great for them. More for the older crew for sure. Disembarkation was smooth and we were zipped to the airport without a hassle. I would use Norwegian again but, would likely try a newer and bigger ship. The staff definitely made this trip enjoyable despite the rest being "just average". Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Great, professional, friendly and well trained staff; clean ship. The 7 night cruise offered a panoramic view of some Caribbean islands. Shire excursions with the ship were way too expensive dive as well as onboard internet. Food was ... Read More
Great, professional, friendly and well trained staff; clean ship. The 7 night cruise offered a panoramic view of some Caribbean islands. Shire excursions with the ship were way too expensive dive as well as onboard internet. Food was varied and good quality. Highly recommend Royal Caribbean. Infinitely better than a (crowed and unpleasant) Norwegian cruise I took in the past with Norwegian Cruise. A shout out to Roberto caeiro (housekeeping) Norberto dicosta (restaurant) Imade Sanjaya (andi) (restaurant) Igor Knezevic (restaurant) Andrej Apati (restaurant) Savio Serrao (restaurant) Beverly Taylor (restaurant) Amal Dmello (restaurant) . Restaurant staff so well trained and food was of very good quality. I just wish there would be a few more vegetarian varieties for dinner. Overal, a great cruise experience. I traveled with a group of different ages: a couple over 70, my kids, ages 11 and 13. The main lobby area should have more space as it is the core of the evening activities , providing fun entertainment (believe me, I am usually not fan of entertainment in general). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Great trip with friends and family.. Ship was a great size and even with a full complement of guests, it never felt crowded. Ports of Call were great EXCEPT for Martinique. Horrible experience. not being French or well versed with ... Read More
Great trip with friends and family.. Ship was a great size and even with a full complement of guests, it never felt crowded. Ports of Call were great EXCEPT for Martinique. Horrible experience. not being French or well versed with french as a second language made me and my entire party feel unwelcome on the island, with the exception of the cab drivers who charged a fortune for fares. The ship had a strange vibe. the crew was polite but that seemed "off"... timing of service, entertainment options, etc.. always felt out of sync. Entertainment was wanting. It almost felt like the staff was JV or B-Team players, perhaps upset that they were not part of the Oasis super ship crew. the surcharge and fees game seemed well established. far more than what i recall from my last RC cruise. Bingo has a minimum $50 card purchase.. WHAT??? nearly everyone got up and walked out. What could have been a fun 5 or 10 buck min afternoon break from the sun felt like a high stakes casino game. A lot of families were disappointed. "errors" with charging for drinks when the drink packages were purchased seemed common. That was a popular theme at guest services. Very Good experience but not 5 star excellent we will cruise RC again. The pros far outweighed the cons. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We sailed 4/1/18 out of San Juan for the southern Caribbean cruise. Transfers from the airport were smooth. Embarkation was painless and we were allowed aboard by 1pm. This was fabulous, as the ship doesn't leave port until 10pm. ... Read More
We sailed 4/1/18 out of San Juan for the southern Caribbean cruise. Transfers from the airport were smooth. Embarkation was painless and we were allowed aboard by 1pm. This was fabulous, as the ship doesn't leave port until 10pm. We had a Grand Suite, U111, Deck 6 (Upper), our first time in a suite. The cabin was HUGE, with a full bathtub and tons of closets, drawers, and living space. The ship overall is older, but was recently refurbished. Dining options are EXTREMELY limited; dining room, lido buffet, Guy's Burgers, and Blue Iguana Cantina. Pizza and Deli are also here. NO Mongolian wok, NO Indian buffet, NO specialty restaurants (Italian, steakhouse, etc..). Guy's Burgers only open till 6pm, Blue Iguana only open till 3. This was very disappointing to us. Blue Iguana food was excellent, Guy's french fries are to die for! Sushi on promenade deck only offered 4 rolls, 2 kinds of sashimi and that's it. Delicious, but limited. Chefs Table: We splurged and did Chef's Table for $75 pp. 10 passengers were chosen each night. We met at the atrium bar and were greeted by our sever pouring flutes of champagne. We mingled for a bit, then 2 chefs came to escort us to the galley. We had a brief tour of the galley, then sampled several appetizers right on the line. We were given a demonstration of how the melting chocolate cake is made. Then we were taken to our table, which was setup in the library. Red and white wine were freely poured, along with Pellegrino water. Fresh blue cheese brioche and herb flatbread filled our breadbaskets. A 7 course meal followed, with each dish prepared in the library in front of us, and described in intricate detail by chef-- Veggie terrine, crab cake, teriyaki duck, tomato bisque, stuffed sea bass, and wagyu beef, followed by a decadent plate of desserts. Suffice to say; the experience was OUTSTANDING. It took 3 hours total, the magician came in to perform just for us during an intermezzo, and chef cheerfully accommodated our daughter's eggplant allergy and another passenger's request for vegetarian fare. Activities: Only one small pool on Lido deck, was often extremely crowded. 2 hot tubs on Lido, always packed, usually with kids. 2 hot tubs in Serenity were a nice option without kids. Usual mix of karaoke, dancing, trivia, etc... Dancers in Palace Lounge were very talented, shows were enjoyable. Casino was tiny and smoke/vape filled, but hubby and I enjoyed ourselves and got to know the dealers and hosts well during our week. Gym was AMAZING, beautiful, and filled with the latest, top notch fitness equipment. Gym was full every morning. Ports: Fabulous. Lots of variety available in each port. St Thomas- great for shopping, that's about it. Barbados- snorkel with turtles or jet ski. St Lucia- the poorest stop on the itinerary. Beautiful island, though. Rainforest adventure tour was lovely. St Kitts- must see the Fort on top of the island; breathtaking views and a fascinating history. St. Maarten- most beautiful overall. Flying Dutchman Zipline was exhilarating and offered 360 degree views of both sides of the island. FYI: Pixels Photo Package: We purchased the pre-cruise photo package with all you can shoot pix and all the photos put on a USB stick for $250. We took shots at every photographer on the ship, every port, really hammed it up at times. We left the ship with over $2000 in photos, plus we have the digital copies on a stick to make all the copies in the world! BEST SECRET VALUE ON THE SHIP!!!! Overall a good cruise. I wouldn't sail this ship again due to lack of dining options. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We've sailed one other time with RCI and two times with Carnival. This was our best experience by far. Not a huge ship and didn't feel as crowded as some of our previous experiences. The ship was very clean. Our steward took ... Read More
We've sailed one other time with RCI and two times with Carnival. This was our best experience by far. Not a huge ship and didn't feel as crowded as some of our previous experiences. The ship was very clean. Our steward took very good care of our stateroom and greeted us every day. The main stage entertainment was exceptional. Best on ship singers & dancers we've seen in our four cruises. The We ate in the dining room each night and enjoyed the food. The portion sizes do seem to be smaller than we've seen before, but it was not big deal to order two if we wanted to. Had breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. Good experience overall. Could use a little more variety from day to day. Loved the itinerary for this ship. My only negative was that there wasn't as many on ship activities as we'd like. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We saved for 2 years so we could cruise 2 weeks on Jewel: the first week with our adult kids and the second week just the two of us for our anniversary. We had stopped for a day in Puerto Rico while cruising on Quantum several years ago ... Read More
We saved for 2 years so we could cruise 2 weeks on Jewel: the first week with our adult kids and the second week just the two of us for our anniversary. We had stopped for a day in Puerto Rico while cruising on Quantum several years ago and LOVED Old San Juan. We booked Jewel because of price and the number of great ports (itinerary). We were excited to fly into San Juan, stay overnight at Sheraton Old San Juan (great choice) and tour the forts in Old San Juan before boarding Jewel. Embarkation and debarkation was shockingly fast. I mean FAST. We were onboard in about 15 minutes. We didn't even have to leave the ship in between cruises. Customs met us in the theatre to check our passports and check us out of week one and into week two. And we were seriously off the ship (we chose express departure at 7am and took our own bags off) and into a cab in 6-10 minutes. Yes, as other reviews have stated, Jewel is showing her age. There are places where walls are scratched, cushions are worn, self-leveling pool table is broken, plastic shower door is cracked; but, this did not, in any way, affect our fun. The crew of the Jewel is top notch! They are warm and wonderful, personal and passionate. We miss them! They felt like family. I suffer from severe food allergies. It's very difficult to eat away from home. The dining room staff Valentino, David, Igusti, Alwin, Velina, and the chef in the Windjammer worked very hard to make sure I was well taken care of and safe. Each night, in the dining room, they would give me the menu for the next evening and allow me to work with the head waiter Avinash to select foods that the chef could prepare and accommodate my needs. Wow! We hand-picked our stateroom 9256 and looked forward to hanging out on the super spacious aft balcony for TWO WEEKS! It did not disappoint. If I were being picky, I would say that one time someone from the Windjammer threw food and it landed on our balcony. But that's just someone being a jerk. That's not controllable by the crew. The bed was rock hard; but, knowing what we know, we simply asked the room steward to bring a pillow top and add it to our mattress. Voila! Perfection!! We slept like babies! I'm glad I read the recent reviews here on Cruise Critic about the entertainment. I felt SO BAD for the singers and dancers. The quality of the choreography and set in the shows the first night was terrible. This was the first time I ever walked out on a show. The Broadway to West End show and The Farewell Show, however, were both worth seeing! We loved Tatiana in Guest Services, Josh and Hannah in Activities, Edward from Peru as Room Steward. we also stopped often to talk to Bruno Martins (another room steward) in the hallway on the way to meals and events because he was super fun, too. This is a very port intensive itinerary. Our kids loved being somewhere different each day. And we did the Sushi Making class on our sea day. That was a BLAST! And a great value. We couldn't finish all the Sushi we made during the class. DH and I prefer more sea days; so, we simply stayed onboard for two of the days and had the cruise ship all to ourselves. Very relaxing! On the second week's sea day the two of us went on the All Access Ship Tour. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who's interested in what happens behind the scenes. The only (again, picky) thing I would say about this $89pp tour is they advertised a tour and exclusive RCCL gift. We were excited to see what we would receive. We thought it might be a cool tote bag, maybe. Hope this isn't a spoiler; but they gave us a piece of rope and instructions on how to tie different sailor knots and directions on how to set a table for a fancy dinner. What? Really? We loved the ship, the glass elevators. We loved the entertainment in the Centrum. Our favorite thing to do was hang out, relax and read on the balcony and just walk around in the ports. I understand this ship will be moved to another itinerary and Freedom of the Seas will take over this route. Even better! I definitely recommend this cruise and itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Went on a family cruise a few weeks ago, and this was my first Carnival Cruise so I was already apprehensive with the negative reviews that Carnival has already had. Wanted to form my own opinion, and I surely did just that! Room was ... Read More
Went on a family cruise a few weeks ago, and this was my first Carnival Cruise so I was already apprehensive with the negative reviews that Carnival has already had. Wanted to form my own opinion, and I surely did just that! Room was gross, it had broken cabin closet doors, carpet was dirty, bathroom smelled like a port-o-john, the cabin shower curtain had dried-up blood stain on the outside of the curtain. The room attendant wasn't ever available when we called and had to call guest services only to listen to the phone ring and ring. Had to take the correct amount of towels given the number of guests in our room. We had 5 guests in our room and were only given 3 a day. The food was not good in comparison to the many other cruises we have been on. The only food that was good was the food offered by the pool on deck 10, which is from Guy Fieri's line and the Blue Iguana Mexican line which was incredible and tasty! The debark process was agonizing! We were scheduled to depart at 10pm and after every one traveling all day and having a small child myself, by that time we were all ready to go to bed and their process was very disorganized and not customer friendly especially to parents who have small children. It took well over an hour to get it completed which was absurd! The port of calls were typical and not so bad. The guest service desk wasn't very helpful at all. We did have a nice waitress and she did her best to get us what we asked for however, the food took way too long to get and I had to asked several times for a drink I had ordered when we first sat down. This cruise ship is not a good choice for small children, not much to do with them.They charge you gratuities without your permission and the staff certainly did not deserve it on this cruise from us. Will not cruise with Carnival ever again because of this experience. It is not worth the money you spend! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
I hope that this experience is not an indication of the standard service that the Royal Caribbean brand will now be providing. Check in was a nightmare. New policies about who can and can't check in are in effect and not ... Read More
I hope that this experience is not an indication of the standard service that the Royal Caribbean brand will now be providing. Check in was a nightmare. New policies about who can and can't check in are in effect and not communicated. If traveling with a minor in a separate cabin if they do not ajoin and the adult in the room with the minor has not checked in, you have to wait until they do check in before the minor can check in despite traveling. Of course the flight of the adult was delayed but luckily we were able to switch the minor to a different room to at least get her aboard the ship then switched her back after the adult arrived. If we knew having adjoining rooms would have satisfied this then we would have booked those room types or traveled all together. This was the slowest and worst check in I have ever experienced. Waiting for the elevator just to get to the room was totally ridiculous. Cabins...we had cabins were on decks 7 and 8 midship. Outside balconies and interior rooms with a view of the decks below. The rooms were nice and our stateroom attendant Damain was great! And very attentive. Rooms availability upon boarding was a big plus. Not having to wait around in the Windjammer with carry on luggage and backpacks was really nice. Dinner...dispite linking all of our reservations for 8:30 dinner the dining room was totally clueless that our group of 19 wanted to be seated together or even next to each other. And we couldn't be seated until 9pm and didn't get food until almost 10pm. Dinner seating got better in the main dining room as the cruise progressed but by then we found alternatives. Two dinner dining highlights were the Murder Mystery Dinner at Giovanni's Table courtesy of our waiter Mohammed and dinner on day 5 at Chops Grill made amazing by our waiter Igor! But on the last night of the cruise 6 other members of our parry went to Chops and sat for 40 minutes with no service at all. After they walked the host and maitre'd apologized and offered to comp the meal if they came back in but the experience was already ruined and they went to the main dining room at our regular dining time. Windjammer...Breakfast...as to be expected getting a table on sea days was an exercise in patience and restraint but the Adventure of the Seas offered room service which we opted to get on the second sea day to avoid the issues we had on the first all day at sea. The food arrived within the time window but the order form says indicate the amount of food you wish to order. This is where things get lost in translation...we wanted 4 pancakes but what we got was 4 orders of pancakes. We wanted 3 scrambled eggs but what we got was three orders of 2 scrambled eggs. The bacon had the number 3 beside it so we ordered 2 orders expecting 6 bacon strips we got a pile of bacon on each of the three orders of eggs. The order form is definitely needs to be clarified. Excursions...we had 4 originally then one was canceled days before we set sail. No issue because we were refunded the money. BUT when our excursion tickets were delivered we were missing some and others had different times so we had to change all the time to make sure the group stayed together. The excursions we picked overall were fun but the Helmut Dive in Aruba was great but if we had known that this was an activity island after paying for the most expensive activity we would have liked to stay longer to enjoy the entire facility. As it was we left late because we were waiting for 1 person who didn't show up, the ferry wasn't there by the time we arrived or departed so we lost an hour of our onsite excursion time easily which was disappointing. The Amazing Race excursion in St. Maarten was a little hectic. They suggested that we have 10 to 12 people on each team which did not work well. Our team consisted of people who did the excursion before with teams of four people and they preferred that experience over this one. However after that we relaxed on the beach and went jet skiing which was great. Kids Club/Teen Club We had an 11 year old (her fourth cruise) and 12 year old (first time cruiser) with us and usually Kids Club is the highlight of the cruise. But not this year. Everytime they went to the Teen Club for an activity that was on the schedule there was no one in the area. The girls were so disappointed that they gave up going to the club. Guest Services...I was on a line either at Guest Services or Shore Excursions 4 times the first day. After that, I was at Guest Services at least twice a day every day for the entire cruise. Pools...small and jammed packed. If you didn't get a spot by 9am then your weren't going to get a spot until 5pm when the 6pm diners left to get ready for dinner. Bars....service at all the bars was meh! Most of us had the ultimate beverage package but the drink of the day was NOT included ...um so the all included package was not really ALL inclusive. We were also disappointed that there was no "happy hour" like we experienced on the Anthem. Entertainment..if there was something interesting and actually occurring for the teens durning the time the "adult only" activities was going on then maybe the adult activities wouldn't have had so many kids in the audience or as participants. The Blue Moon Bar/night club was fun but the 80's party was more like a 80's, 90's and 2000's party. And the music was defininately repeated on other nights despite the theme so it was kind of one note. The silent party was interesting and fun but that was one hour at night twice during the sailing. Where were the shows or comedians for the late dining crowd? It felt like there were limited options once the 8:30pm dinner session was over. 10pm no shows or entertainment only a deejay or live band in the middle of a set. On the last night durnign the farewell show they was a comedian who did an adult show later on that evening but one show on the last night of the cruise was too little too late. The cupcake decoration class was cute but not well advertised. We stumbled across it. In general the onboard activities seem to be scarce. There were two formal nights, an 80's party and white party which if we would have known about prior to getting on board we would have packed clothes to attend the events. Overall this year's family trip with 20 of us was fun and we enjoyed ourselves but this experience with Royal Caribbean was far below our expectations for the brand. We will stick to all inclusive resorts that are used to larger parties when we travel with more than 6 people. Or maybe we will try the larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We wanted to do the southern Caribbean especially the island of Bonaire. Boarding was fast however the photos uploaded did not load to their system. Also we were unable to sign the waivers online like previously. Very annoying. The room ... Read More
We wanted to do the southern Caribbean especially the island of Bonaire. Boarding was fast however the photos uploaded did not load to their system. Also we were unable to sign the waivers online like previously. Very annoying. The room was normal and nothing special. The dining room menu had many items repeating night to night. Shrimp cocktail and no sugar added apple pie and several other items recurred nightly. The food temperature was also slightly above warm. The Windjammer had a huge selection and the same items appeared everymorning. Always a strawberry smoothie no other flavors, same granola with apple and yogurt. No variation. Did not offer Tomato juice had to ask for it. Then at the pool bar is limited for alcoholic drinks. They no longer use island Oasis drink mix but rather use cream and ice and flavoring from another company. They have a limited menu and would appreciate a large list of frozen drinks / island drinks. The drink of the day is also on the weak side. Entertainment was ok. Casino was smokey. It was decent but nothing at all exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of ... Read More
Initially recommended by to me by a friend, they made us aware of Royal Caribbean and the great selection of cruises available. The overall cruise experience superseded my expectations. The destinations were a great selection of Caribbean islands to visit. The onboard entertainment and organised events like the ice skating shows and musicals were fantastically organised and choreographed, the food (both buffet and a la carte) were excellent standard and the service was truly second to none. We found the ship to be incredibly clean. Our cabin was tidied and cleaned twice daily. The facilities were clean. The staff across the ship went over and above expected levels to make our cruise experience a special experience. The staff also made a big effort with our children and made their experience a special one also. It was a truly wonderful week made better by the service levels given to all guests on board. Thank you so much Royal Caribbean, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Wow, the phrase: "You Have Got to be Kidding" came out a lot. This was our first RC cruise and didn't know what to expect. For starters, the RC website was cumbersome to use, having to log in multiple times on one ... Read More
Wow, the phrase: "You Have Got to be Kidding" came out a lot. This was our first RC cruise and didn't know what to expect. For starters, the RC website was cumbersome to use, having to log in multiple times on one session was annoying. I uploaded id photos a number of times and looks like they finally were accepted, only to have our pictures taken again at check-in. We really liked the touch-screen maps on the ship, they were helpful. I wish they had rolled out the app for all of their ships, it's a great feature on the Carnival ships. The major disappointment was the food we received in the dining room, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our dinner table mates, who have taken RC before, also mentioned the food was bland and not up to their usual standards. Breakfast on the first sea day, the buffet/a-la-carte was new to us and we did the a-la-carte. the server gave my wife a hard time, because she ordered things that could be obtained from the buffet, why have a menu? We're on a nice cruise and didn't want to deal with a server giving us attitude, we can get that at home. She was giving others a hard time too. The first three dinners the food was BLAND at best (color, taste, texture), we expected to be blown away by the food. A highlight was the Cafe Promenade, it was quick and everything but the pizza was good. Though we only ate lunch in the dining room once, it was equally sad. It wasn't until the fourth night that we actually got a good meal, we got in late due to recuperating from a shore excursion, so we did the my time dining and got a great serving team. Karl helped us order off menu and we got the Indian vegetarian meal that the crew gets. It was the bomb and ordered the Indian vegetarian the rest of the trip (definitely not bland). The fitness center was great, one downside was if you showed up at 6:00 am, you couldn't get a locker until 7:30. Also, there wasn't any water to take to-go. Had to go, all sweaty, to the Cafe Promenade on deck 5 to get a glass of water. Also enjoyed the skating show and the piano bar. We were very pleased about the clientele, especially since it was spring break. we appreciated the way the ship manages children's entertainment, it was much better than expected. The food and food service really put us off, there was A LOT to like about the ship, but the dining room experience was a huge disappointment. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I think that the Adventure of the Sea is beautiful cruise and the employees were super kind and attentive my cabin was always kept super clean, we love the way we were treated specially at the Dining great service thanks to Rosalino, ... Read More
I think that the Adventure of the Sea is beautiful cruise and the employees were super kind and attentive my cabin was always kept super clean, we love the way we were treated specially at the Dining great service thanks to Rosalino, Dianah and the rest of the crew. The entertainment and activities were super fun I think there was a little bit for everyone. I was amazed on how fast and easy we embaked and diembarked the service in general was an A+. My only regret is that Royal Caribbean was mostly an all inclusive type of cruise were only few things were to be paid seprately like pictures package, liquor, island excursions.... I disagree there were that enough water station or having to pay for drinking water and the internet should be free. It was really had to get anything to drink unless you buy your drinking package with I found to be too expensive. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Overall this trip may have been my favorite cruise on Royal Caribbean. One thing I really liked is that we went down to San Juan a day before our ship left to get a full day 1 of our cruise. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and had good ... Read More
Overall this trip may have been my favorite cruise on Royal Caribbean. One thing I really liked is that we went down to San Juan a day before our ship left to get a full day 1 of our cruise. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and had good service. The next morning at 11:00 we left our hotel and got an Uber. You can not get on the ship before 12:00. Because we are Emerald members we got to skip the big embarkation line. The ship had been recently updated with a FloRider and waterslides. The fun waterslides had a clear plastic part so you could see over the ocean. Everything was very clean and updated to a modern level. We had better entertainment on Oasis and Allure, but the comedians were very good. As always, the food was spectacular and came in great portions. On my 4 cruises with Royal Caribbean, I have never seen a unhappy crew member. They are all so nice! I would never go to a different cruise line. But I would gladly go again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This cruise line, as well as this ship and itinerary, were recommended by friends. It did not disappoint. The accommodations were excellent. The food was extraordinary and service was outstanding. The wait staff in the restaurants as ... Read More
This cruise line, as well as this ship and itinerary, were recommended by friends. It did not disappoint. The accommodations were excellent. The food was extraordinary and service was outstanding. The wait staff in the restaurants as well as bartenders were impressive in their knowledge of languages as well as their ability to remember not only our names but our favorite things to order. They truly appeared to be having fun while at work. Our favorite part, however, was the excursion options. They were exciting, professionally conducted, and kept us active the entire cruise (think snorkeling with power, driving ATV's along the beach, watching sea creatures from a submarine). However, if one were looking for a more subdued vacation, that was certainly available (lots of folks enjoying the sun and the pool). Overall, it was a great trip for seniors who are looking for small ship attentive service with as much or as little activity as you wish. This was our first cruise with SILVERSEA but it will not be our last. We're already looking into the Silver Galapagos! Read Less

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