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“Transatlantic on the Independence”
Mrs Ann Walker visited on 11/09 and recommended this ship.
We were a party of 4, similar age and have cruised RCCL and Celebrity.
It was the price, sea days and the ship which attracted us. We booked as we have previously done with Cruise 1st and found them to be excellent in delivering tickets on time and answering queries we had. We felt we had a personal service.
I was worried that I may feel isolated or sea sick at sea for so many days but I need not have been . By the time we get off at Fort Lauderdale the concensus of the party was that we could have continued to the Caribbean.
We sailed from Southampton and boarding was smooth.We had had lunch and unpacked by 2pm. The weather wasnt good until we passed Vigo but the ports of Le Havre,Cherbourg and Vigo were dry and we didnt take trips but had a good walk around the areasand enjoyed them particulary Vigo.
There were force 10 to 12 gales at this point but apart from the night we left Vigo we didnt feel sick and even then a Stergeon put paid to any illness.
Madeira was a first trip for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was warm and we took the cable car to the tobogganing and queued for about 20 mins before going downin the tobogan. We then walked into Funchal. It was a very pleasant 30 minute walk . We thenhad a walk around town. Unfortunately because it was Sunday many shops were closed but we managec to get a "feel" for the plae and were very impressed.
We then sailed for 6 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed it . About 4 days were warm enough to sunbathe.
Day time activities we found limited for our interests, but this is subjective.. We went along to a bowling session and enjoyed it and it was well attended, but it was the only session offered.
We tried to go to the cinema but couldnt get into it. This is a definite design flaw on the ship. The cinema held about 200 people at the most and many people like us left because of lack of seats. We entertained ourselves playing shuffleboard, golf, cards etc. We took part in the quizzes at 4pm and 8pm.
Entertainment is a very subjective matter but as far as I was concerned I saw the best performance I have seen on a ship in the group Teatro. They looked as good as they sounded as well.
We loved the the chinese piano player Tian I think he was called. We have seen him Celebrity and we think he is excellent. The Beatles tribute band were excellent and I dont like the Beatles. We went because one of the party really likes them. It just goes to show you you should try everything.!!
We tried!!!!!!! Sean O Shea and found him awful. He was so bad he was embarassing,. We thought it was that American humour doesnt translate but the Americans we spoke to were of the same opinion. The danceshows were standard cruise fair no worse or better than we have seen before. We enjoyed the ice shows.
We sampled all the bars. We found drink prices pretty standard. We live in the North West so we are not talking London prices and we found them similar to home. We bought a wine package each which covered the restaurant drinking . We always had drinks in every bar and wre amazed that people went and sat in bars and didnt drink.!! The Champagne bar was a particular favourite and the waiter sorry cant remember his name was great.
Restaurants : The Windjammer was fine we had some lunches and breakfasts there. We did try to eat there one evening we went in at 8.30 ordered a bottle of wine and it took 20 mins to arrive. We then got starters and a waiter came to say if we wanted anything else to get it because the restaurant food was being removed. This is not right in my opinion if a restaurant gives its closing time as 9pm then that is last admittance not service. We went then to the main dining we didnt expect to eat a meal in 10 mins or felt comfortable making the workers hang on.
We tried both Portofino AND Chops and enjoyed both. They were worth the supplement. We had a lunch in Johnny Rockets and this was enjoyable. Albeit very fast.
We chose MTD because we like to eat later. It didnt really work for our needs. We tended to book 9pm every evening but felt very rushed. We enjoy a relaxing meal and a glass or 2 of wine with our meal but often it was so fast we had to try to slow the waiters down . We have tried it but will go back to second dining for our next cruise. Food was fine in the main dining room.although a little inconsistant.
The sae days flew by in calm waters. Disembarkation was terrible. 3 hours to clear immigration. We had one night in Fort Lauderdale which was a beautiful placeBefore flying home.
In conclusion. It was an excellent cruise. The ship though large is easy to navigate. Sea days were fantastic every stress ans strain seems to disappear. We even used the Gym. We dont at home but it was very enjoyable walking on the treadmill looking out to sea. People do hog the machines though!!
I was very nervous about doing a transatlantic cruise but would jump at going on one again. I thoroughly recommend them and the Cruise1st company.
“4 Night Cork Sailing - Amazing ”
Staff Member recommended this ship.
What an amazing time we had on this 4 night sailing from Southampton
Although there was only one port of call, we had the most amazing time, as the facilities on-board were second to non - The attention to detail was amazing, it is such a luxurious ship, with some modern twists.
The choice of activities, restaurants, and entertainment was fantastic, something on-board for everyone (No matter what age) - The observation lounge is fantastic, plenty of space, confortable seating, and great way to watch the world go by..
You MUST book Qsine Restaurant - A great dining experience
I would recommend that you upgrade to the "All Inclusive Premium" drinks package, and pay your gratuities, as its a great way to budget for your overall trip.
Would I recommend this to family and friends ?... DEFINATELY !!!
“First time on a Cruise with my young family”
Staff Member recommended this ship.
We sailed on the Adventure of the Seas in July 2011 from Malaga.
It was the first time my kids have been on a ship and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
The children's facility's are fantastic. They are well looked after and safe. There was never a dull moment!
With us traveling in the kids holidays the pool area could get busy on seas days but that wasn't really a hardship.
Ms Carol Neeves visited on 08/10 and recommended this ship.
We had a fantastic holiday we were made to feel really special and treated well by all the staff the cabins were tatty but kept very clean and I have had some very good holidays in the past but this was up there with the best ! sham the rooms weretatty and really need some updating but that was the only down fall. We have booked again to go this year
“Europe Cruise April 2010”
Mr Fred Parkinson visited on 04/10 and recommended this ship.
We travelled on the Marco polo in April 2010 and found it to be a small freindly ship, yes it is 'getting on a bit' but for me that added to its charm, the entertainment was second to none, the entertainment staff first rate, whilst 'she who must be obeyed' found the food average I really enjoyed it - but then again some say I would eat an elephant between two bread vans - always a soup or salad starter, a main course of fish/white meat/dark meat and a pasta course.
The cabin - we were upgraded to an outside - was always spotlessly clean and tidy - and we are two messy people, the public areas were the same clean and tidy, there were hand cleanser at all entrances and exits but it's surprising the amount of older people who do not was their hands after going to the toilet.
We were allocated late dining but because my wife is a diabetic that was too late for her eating regime so we dined at the buffet every evening meal so I cant comment on the service in the main restraunt except for one breakfast where we were late going up and missed the buffet so had to eat in the main restraunt and witnessed a 'fall out' between two serving staff which wasn't pleasent, but it was soon sorted by the more senior staff.
All in all a great holiday on a wonderfull ship with a good crew.
My only 'gripe' was the lack of comfortable 'easy' chairs in the public areas.
We are travelling on the 'sister' ship The Ocean Countess in a couple of weeks time doing the Battlefields/the Gardens of Europe 6 day cruise from Hull and really looking forward to it especially as it's from a Northern Port (we live in Leigh near Manchester) and cuts out the long car journey to Tilbury (which is a dump).
“The Quest excels”
Mrs Hilary Smith visited on 08/10 and did not recommend this ship.
Azamara Mediterranean Cruise Review 2010
This was our first cruise on Azamara, we had cruised on Cunard, Princess and Oceania previously.
This was a 12 day cruise visiting 10 ports with 1.5 sea days.
Azamara had put together the package for us including flights and transfers. The arrangements worked very well. The only downside being the long layovers in Paris CDG on the way out and on our return as we wished to fly from our local airport. The transfer to the ship went smoothly and we were greeted by senior staff on boarding and given the choice of a welcome alcoholic or fruit juice drink. We were escorted to our cabin which was ready for us.
The cabin a 1C Verandah was on deck 7 aft, we had fresh flowers, a fruit basket which we discovered was changed/replenished daily, soft drinks in the fridge and two bottles 500ml of water again all replenished as soon as we had used them. There was sufficient wardrobe and hanging space for our clothes and the bathroom though small was adequate for our needs. Lots of good Elemis products which were replenished during the cruise.
Felicidad, our main stateroom attendant came to introduce herself and explain the key components of the stateroom and the service offered. She and her assistant kept our stateroom spotlessly clean and were unobtrusive.
Having been on Oceania’s Nautica we were familiar with the layout of the ship as Azamara is another of the now defunct R ships.
We ate dinner mostly in the Discoveries Restaurant and the food we found to be on the whole very good. The first night the main course wasn’t very hot and on the second night we were served the wrong main meal but after that it was excellent. We are both allergic to shellfish but the choices of meat dishes were varied and the fish and vegetarian options were good. There were always classics such as caesar salad, steak, salmon on offer as well as the daily changing menu.
My husband enjoyed the now included wine with his meals. The wines varied from european to new world and were of good quality.
After the first morning where we ate breakfast in Discoveries, we chose to eat that meal in Windows, the choices on offer were very good and the captain was to be seen joining fellow guests there for his breakfast.
We also ate lunch in Windows and again the choices on offer were good, from a daily roast, casseroles, pizza etc with lovely pastries and ice cream.
We enjoyed dinner one night in the Prime C but didn’t eat in Aqualina.
We had room service one morning which was excellent, we were telephoned to say breakfast was on its way and then then telephoned again to ask if we were satisfied.
There were special buffets on deck which looked to be lovely and some were served by the senior staff.
My husband enjoyed a hamburger from the Pool Grill one day at lunch. We are not sun worshippers so did not use the deck area and the shaded area was always fully occupied.
We loved Mosaic, the staff ( Ivanna & Wayan) and coffee there were excellent, the main dining room coffee was not of the same quality. After the first experience of MDR coffee we always went to Mosaic for our coffee fix. Wayan always remembered we liked lattes with amaretto flavouring and we loved the biscotti. We usually had a hot chocolate on our way up to bed and one night the show had finished after Mosaic had closed and as we passed Mosaic on our way to our stateroom Wayan was cleaning the machines. He stopped us and insisted on making our chocolate for us. This level of customer service exemplifies what we found throughout the ship.
We enjoyed the music in Mosaic. The shows in the Cabaret Lounge were mixed but mostly enjoyable, I think some people forget this is not a big ship. The CD Russ Thomas Grieve was excellent and worked so hard. He has a good voice and had put on a new show with the ship’s singers whilst we were on board. As it was a premiere performance, the Hotel Director put on a red carpet first night party at the end of the show.
I have to say that this is the cleanest ship we have ever been on, inside the ship it sparkled.
Let me talk about the Quest’s biggest plus factor... Captain Carl Smith, his senior officers and the crew. The atmosphere on ship was something we have never experienced before, you felt as though you were part of a large family. The Captain and his senior staff were so visible and enthusiastic, they would stop for a chat, asked whether and how they could improve service and followed up on comments put on the initial feedback questionnaires issued a few days into the voyage. Captain Carl’s daily updates were informative and funny. Every member of staff we met was pleasant and helpful and they smiled a lot.
We had met most of the senior staff at the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle which was well hosted with lovely nibbles and a glass of wine etc. Captain Carl introduced each member of his senior team and then told us he would try to make the cruise a memorable one and we were to expect some treats.
We also enjoyed a bridge tour with other guests, we found it very informative probably because we had some American pilots in our group who asked interesting questions.
Senior staff were also on hand to say have a good time as you went ashore in each port and to welcome you back.
We took a few ship shore excursions but did our own thing at ports we had visited before. Bottles of water were freely available for when you were going ashore, slightly smaller than the ones in the stateroom so easier to carry. The tour buses also carried water. Where they were available Azamara put on free shuttles or there were port shuttles payable locally.
Venice- We boarded on day 1 and on the 2nd day took the Azamara shuttle to Piazza Roma and walked to some of our favourite places. It is a lovely city, one of our favourites and we love the little off the beaten track places. The sail out up the Grand Canal passed St Mark’s was magical. We hit a gail force 10 that night though. The Hotel Director told us all crew had been called up on deck to anchor the poolside furniture.
Zadar- What a lovely little port, the ship docked right in the centre. We just disembarked and wandered around the town, looking at the architecture, roman ruins, the sea organ and solar calendar. The town is very compact and it has a nice promenade. It was a lovely sunny day. The ship had a little trouble leaving the dock as the wind kept blowing it back into the dock but we eventually made it out. Captain Carl explained the manoeuvres he had to make to beat the wind.
Dubrovnik- The ship docked a little outside the town. We had booked the Walking the Wall tour which we enjoyed and our guide was very informative but it was very hot so at the end of the tour we told our guide we would make our own way back and in the free time we explored a little around the main street then took the ship’s shuttle back to the Quest. Dubrovnik is very doable on your own but we took the tour as we had never been before. If we went again we would do our own thing, lots of cafes in the main street.
Kotor- After a beautiful sail through what Captain Carl described as little fjords (he had advised us all it was worth getting up for) the ship docked in the heart of town. Because it was such a compact area we again did our own thing. Kotor is a pretty little town and some of the buildings were undergoing renovation, there were lots of nooks and crannies to explore. The captain and some of the hardier passengers walked to the fortress at the top of the surrounding hill. Not being as fit we just looked for shade. The streets in both Dubrovnik and Kotor were polished stone (marble?) so not easy on the feet. In both places you felt very safe.
One of Captain Carl’s extras occurred as we sailed passed Stromboli on our way to Sorrento. He stopped the ship so we could watch Stromboli erupting lava, which it very kindly did about 4 times, he turned the ship so everyone got so see this if they wished. From the deck you could see the lights of the volcano watchers bobbing in the dark as they climbed to the crater and we were joined by a number of little tourist craft.
Sorrento- We tendered in but once ashore we did our own thing as its a place we have stayed in several times. There was a port shuttle available.
Rome (Civitavecchia) - We had been to Rome several times so opted for the Olive Oil and Scenic Drive tour. This was not a particularly interesting tour, we did stop at a hill town which we enjoyed but this was a limited stay and then carried on until we had our main stop at an olive oil farm where we sampled oils, breads, ham etc. This was a very pretty spot and our hosts were very pleasant. We had the opportunity to buy some of the products but on the whole the trip was not something we would choose to do again.
Florence (La Spezia)- This is a much nicer port than Livorno where we have docked before for Florence. We tendered in and joined our tour Taste of Liguria, we visited Lerici and Portovenere both lovely places. There was a good street market in Lerici, both clothes and food. Portovenere was beautiful and we would like to go back there.
Monaco- Initially guests were tendered in as another ship was in our berth but then Azamara docked after 1.00pm. Passengers had been warned that the tender would not be available whilst the ship docked. It was very hot again. We had a lazy morning as we had decided to wait until the ship docked before we wandered ashore, on this visit we took the little red train round around the town, nice and shady with all the key points highlighted. There were some beautiful boats docked in the harbour. The ship didn’t sail until evening so we had a view of Monte Carlo at night.
St Tropez- We tendered again. Once ashore we walked passed all the artists and cafes into the old town and up to the citadel where we had lovely views of the surrounding areas. Its lovely once you escape from the harbour area. Again some beautiful boats were docked in the harbour. We were here 2 nights so on the second day we pottered about on board, packed our cases as we would be disembarking in Barcelona. During the afternoon sail to Barcelona Captain Carl came on the loudspeaker to say a whale had been sighted and although it didn’t appear above the water the spout of water was visible.
Barcelona- Disembarkation was very good. You could wait anywhere on ship, we waited in Mosaic where you could have a coffee whilst you waited- very civilised. Ryszard(Richard), the Hotel Director, was at the disembarkation point with a list of who went off when ensuring all went well and he together with the Rudi, Food and Beverages Manager and Russ the CD said goodbye to everyone as they disembarked. We had upgraded our airport transfer to a city tour and transfer as our flight to Paris wasn’t until 4.00pm and our flight from Paris home not until 9.20pm. Our guide took us to see the key city sights by coach and we had a short walking tour. A nice end to a perfect cruise. We arrived at the airport around 12.30pm.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have booked another Quest cruise and we can’t wait to rejoin Quest in the Far east in January.
“We loved the Constellation”
Mrs Marilyn Critchley visited on 10/10 and recommended this ship.
Celebrity Constellation is a beautiful ship.I had only seen photos of it before the refurb but it was obviously all new. I particularly liked the soft furnishings, carpets and especially the upholstery, absolutely beautiful. Our first sight of the Constellation was very impressive when we arrived in Barcelona The outside of the ship was so clean that I really felt that the inside was going to be lovely and we were not disappointed. The formalities were quickly dealt with and we were soon sipping champagne as we came on board. The smiling faces and helpful service were there from beginning to end. We liked our cabin on deck 2. We had an ocean view as with a busy Mediterranean itinerary we didn't think it was worth the extra for a balcony although they looked nice. The public areas were not crowded and you could always find a seat on deck or in one of the lounges. Our experience of the entertainment on board was surprisingly good and we were very impressed. I think it would depend on who the guest artists are but we were lucky to have a wonderful concert pianist - Brooks Aerhon- and a west end singer - Lindsey Hamilton. They were outstanding but the other entertainers, singers and dancers were all fine and it was nice to relax after dinner. We used the main dining room every night although we heard good reports about the speciality restaurants. Our dining companions were lovely and we had very enjoyable evenings with them. The food was excellent with lots of choice and the service could not have been better. We went on cruise critic before we went and arranged to do some tours with Romeinlimo. I would certainly recommend doing this. We were satisfied with cruise 1st and the way our booking was dealt with but they arranged transfers from airport to the port via A 2 B and they were absolutely horrendous. DO NOT USE THEM.
I would definitely recommend Celebrity and the Constellation and the itinerary we went on which was Western Mediterranean,ie Barcelona, Villefranche for Nice or Monte Carlo, Genoa, Livorno for Florence, Civitivechia for Rome, and Naples for Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii.
“Don,t believe all the bad press”
Mr William Dyson visited on 07/10 and recommended this ship.
Following all the bad publicity I,d like to add my view. We were on board dureing Watchdogs overstated air conditioning breakdown. While this was very unpleasant for the people affected I must point out that 95% of cabins had no problem at all. The temperature was above normal in the theatre but not enough to warrent a TV programme. To compensate for this every passenger on board recieved £75 refund.
Apart from the few affected cabins the ship was spotless, the service was excellent and the entertainment as good as any West End theatre. All in all the cruise was worth every penny paid.
“Celebrate in Style”
Mrs Lynda Whiting visited on 09/10 and recommended this ship.
This was our first experience of cruising, we wanted to do something special to celebrate both of us reaching 50 and our 30th wedding anniversary. We had chosen this particular ship because she was docking in the ports that were of interest to us.
We loved the whole experience, the attention paid to you by all staff is fantastic. The entertainment was second to none, and we were lucky enough to be invited to sit at the Captain's table on the ship's Gala night.
There is always something going on if you want to be entertained night or day. If you want to be waited on then dine in the Meridian restaurant, but the self service Lido restaurant is also fantastic. The food in both was devine.
If you have never tried cruising before, then give this fabulous old lady of the sea a try. You wont regret it.
“tapas and togas”
Mr steve tognola visited on 08/10 and recommended this ship.
what a crying shame that this ship is being de-commisioned as we have just returned from the tapas and togas western med cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it. the entertainment was top dollar with the hi light being the planets top deck acrobatic show. the staff, cabins,food, trips,organisation and entertainment where fantastic. we would have had no hesitation to book again had itbeen possible.
“Destiny Transatlantic Cruise”
Mrs Shirley Thiim visited on 04/10 and recommended this ship.
Did the Destiny in 2005 in the Med - wonderful!
Carribean April 2010 - Destiny has not aged well! Ship tired - cabins very small - food adequate but nothing special. Entertainment team worked hard - but shows not as great as they used to be - cut backs we guess and not very organised for seating on late shows - but for the price we paid we cannot grumble - the weather was wonderful the whole month so we were happy as we escaped the rain at home! Enjoyed Transatlantic crossing - very calm weather- best for short flight home from Palma instead of long flight back from Carribean - on the whole a good cruise! Some very noisy drunken holiday makers onboard, over the top but thats typical of some Brits these days. Hope to book Thomson cruise again on different ship some other time as always had good holidays with Thomsons. Mr & Mrs T
Mr Gordon Bain visited on 04/10 and recommended this ship.
Visited this ship earlier in the year and really enjoyed the whole experience.
“Epic Experience on the Norwegian Epic”
Miss laura beaumont visited on 06/10 and recommended this ship.
My 1st cruise experience on board the all new NCL's Epic, stunning and larger than life I found the staff to be more than accommodating. Balcony cabin, fresh and modern in design and very quirky, curves and no straight lines. Deck 15 the place to be seen or people watch, ample sunloungers, large aqua park including slides and a wet area for those of us who only want to cool off by paddling and not fully submerge oursleves!
Ice Bar? bowling? broadway shows, including the award winning Blue Man Group awesome)! dancing the night away @ H2O an outside venue under the stars, this is what cruising is all about. Think New York with its sights, shopping and shows meets fun for all in the sun... no hailing a cab your in the right place plus Sponge Bob Square Pants and his Nickelodeon friends are on hand to entertain all!
Miss Natasha conreen visited on 06/10 and recommended this ship.
First time on NCL, overall found the ship to be a wonderful experience. Speedy check in. Rooms are very Modern, we had a balcony cabin, the rooms have everything you need, flat screen TVs. coffee makers, hair dryers both us and European sockets, which we found very useful. separate shower from the toilet, which was unseal but made the room feel more spacious. The restaurants to many to choose over 20 so you will have a fantastic choice from Italian garden restaurants, bistro steakhouse restaurants. noodle bars and wonderful teppanyaki . the bars again plenty to choose from we went to the headliners comedy bar, which had a fantastic atmosphere. the ice bar is a fantastic experience, were else at sea could you experience anything like this, they give you big coats to keep you nice and snug and you need it. we went to the blue man group, but if that is not to your liking there is the cirque dreams, or fat cats the jazz club, many more. this would be a fantastic cruise for anybody , lots for families and couples. the epic offers Nickelodeon at sea and kids clubs from 2-17 years. Amazing pools with huge water park. definitely worth going on . this was a wonderful cruise
“Overnight stay on Azura”
Mr Patrick McCreesh visited on 04/10 and recommended this ship.
I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Azura the day before its naming ceremony whilst docked in Southampton.
Upon arriving the check in and embarkation was very quick and from dock to ship took no longer than 10 minutes. The atrium is very grand with the usual glass elevators, several bars and easy access to all duty free and a couple of restaurants. I was in a Balcony cabin on deck 10. The room itself wasn't as big as other balcony cabins i have stayed in but still very plush. Flat screen TV, tea and coffe making facilities, minibar, seperate wardrobe area, small but clean bathroom. The bonus was the Balcony size, it was very big with reclining seats and a table, very nice although overlooked by the cabin above.
The pool areas are very nice, open bars, plenty of shaded sitting areas, at the back of the ship is a half size basketball court, shuffle board and the kids club is Massive with loads of playstations/xbox games to keep them amused.
at the front of the ship is the spa area, spread over 3 deck it is absolutely amazing, a relaxing area on the first deck in the open with sunbeds and gazebo's for an outside massage, a private pool area, sauna, single and double massage rooms offering every treatment you could imagine. i was very impressed, the best spa i have seen on a ship.
The evening was black tie with a formal champagne reception in the aitrium with a string quartet creating the ambiance. this was followed by a gala dinner in the main restaurant, a 6 course meal which was 5* all the way, from my carrot and orange soup to my rack of lamb, it was all superb with very good service.
the evening entertainment was also good although a little dated, the cabaret singer in the Malabar lounge had the look of lilly savage and the voice of lorraine page, good but not my cup of tea. Then into the Manhattan show lounge where the Annie Lennox tribute act was very good followed by a disco that kept everyone dancing until 2 in the morning.
so on a whole i though Azura was a great ship, nice cabins, good entertainment and amazing food and service. i would recomend this for people who sail P&O or cunard, also very good for children in the school holidays.
Mr Wayne Boyd visited on 09/09 and recommended this ship.
We booked what we thought was going to be the dream honeymoon.. New York, Then Cruise, from Miami, then Miami stay - We had never cruised before, so were a little apprehensive on what we would recieve !!.. What can I say - The cruise made this the "Dream Honeymoon"
The service on board was second to non - We booked a gauranteed balcony, and was upgraded on arrival to the ship - The service on board was amazing and you could not fault any of the public area's.
Met some amazing people, and had an amazing trip - Thanks to cruise1st for arranging the whole itinerary.
Mr Pavel Gonchar visited on 02/07 and recommended this ship.
it was great