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Radiance of the Seas

February 2017 - Radiance of the Seas to South Pacific - Australia

Very disappointed in the lack of service on Radiance of the Seas

We are diamond members of Royal Caribbean but haven't cruised with them for about three years until just completing two back-to-backs on Radiance of the Seas for New Zealand and Australia. They have really changed, and not in a positive way. There were no port enrichment lectures on the second cruise. The room attendant and dining and bar services were great. But the services of Shore Excursions and Guest Relations was horrible. They were abrupt and incompetent. When we got home we discovered they had charged our credit card daily for everything and then again charged us with the total at the end of the cruise. How will we ever trust them again with our credit card? I am not sure we will. Our recommendation is to stay away from Radiance of the Seas.

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Viking Truvor

August 2016 - Viking Truvor to River Cruises - Russia

A great trip to learn more about Russia and the Russian people

We enjoyed this cruise although it was organized very differently from our previous Viking River Cruise. The itinerary was good and enabled us to optimize our time in Russia. Unfortunately, one of our ports of call, Kizhi Island, was canceled due to issues with the fog. We didn't like the layout of this ship as much as we did the longboats as there were many steps that were rather precarious. The food on this trip was not nearly as good as the Grand European although the desserts were divine. We thought the costs of the shore excursions was very expensive, but they were excellent tours with great guides. Our biggest surprise was how beautiful and colorful Moscow is. The Russians were very friendly and welcoming. We felt very safe the entire time.

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Celebrity Xpedition

April 2016 - Celebrity Xpedition to Galapagos

The trip of a lifetime!

This cruise was everything Celebrity promised....... and more! The crew of the ship was awesome. Everyone was very friendly and did everything to make sure all of the guests were comfortable and happy. The naturalists were OUTSTANDING! No matter the situation, they were reassuring, patient, and supportive. The stops that we made optimized the kinds of animals and terrain that we experienced. It was worth every cent that we paid. I can't say enough good things about sailing on the Xpedition and the crew.

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Viking Baldur

November 2015 - Viking Baldur to Europe

A Good Cruise Plan that ended in disappointment

We started out on the Baldur and were very impressed until we had to transfer to another ship via bus a little after we were midway in the 2-week cruise due to low water levels. After we arrived in Vienna on the second boat (Gullveig), we were advised that we were going to have to bus to our remaining destinations, ending up in Budapest in a hotel. We understand that Viking could not control the water levels of the Rhine and Danube, but they should have told us prior to the cruise that they were having this issue. The first we knew about a problem was after several days onboard, and then, we were led to believe that a transfer to another boat would put us back on schedule. In talking with folks later (crew and previous cruisers) we discovered that this is a problem they have been having for some time this season. We should have been told prior to disembarking so we had a choice in rescheduling our cruise. We had great service, food, and shore excursions. It is unfortunate they weren't more forthcoming on the obstacles with the "river" cruise.

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Carnival Sunshine

August 2015 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruise exceeded our expectations

This cruise was very reasonably priced and one of the destinations was Grand Turk. This was our primary reason for selecting it. The only Carnival cruise we had taken before this was on the Fantasy out of Charleston which was not a positive experience. Our expectations were not that high for the Sunshine, and we were very pleasantly surprised. We have never had better food on a cruise, and we have cruised Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and Norwegian. The service was great all through the ship. We had a problem with dining service on the first night, and we discussed it with the Maitre'd the next morning. He recognized our issue and for the remainder of the cruise we had a different waiter, table for two, at a window. All of the personnel were very friendly. The only negative about this cruise was there are very few places to quietly sit and read or talk on the Sunshine.

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Celebrity Infinity

February 2015 - Celebrity Infinity to South America

A wonderful adventure!

This cruise was much more of an adventure than any of our previous cruises because of the destinations and two wonderful podium speakers on the Infinity - MickeyeLive and Milos Radakovich. They thoroughly prepared us for what we would see in the days to come in an educational and entertaining manner. We really liked the layout of Infinity, and its crew. Best to start this cruise rested up and ready for an active schedule. From dawn to evening, there is much to see and learn.

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Norwegian Sun

November 2014 - Norwegian Sun to Caribbean - Western

Great experience on Norwegian Sun

We are frequent cruisers but had never cruised Norwegian. We just completed this week long cruise and had a wonderful time. The food was great and service excellent. We were skeptical of their freestyle dining but it worked out very well. We will cruise Norwegian again.

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Celebrity Reflection

April 2014 - Celebrity Reflection to Transatlantic

Great trip with a wonderful crew

The crew of Reflections was wonderful and provided great service. The food was delicious, and we highly recommend this cruise. Although we thought the entertainment in the bars was lacking, the evening entertainment for the shows was wonderful, especially the production crew. The ports were great and provided lots of opportunities to make the most of our time ashore. We took some Celebrity shore excursions and some advertised through .

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biandrews's Tips

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - A very nice place to visit. We did an excursion to a small town on the outskirts and enjoyed it very much.
Cruise Moscow Canal - Condition of the boat was not that good.
Cruise Svir River -
Viking Truvor Viking Truvor - The food needs to be improved, except for the desserts which were great.
Cruise Rhine River -
Viking Baldur Viking Baldur - I would talk with them several weeks prior to disembarking and have a frank discussion about whether or not you are going to be able to complete the river cruise or if your river cruise is going to turn into changing ships, buses, and hotel/s.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - If you have a problem on the ship, talk with guest services immediately so they have a chance to correct the problem.
Cruise Schollart Channel, Antarctica -
Cruise Paradise Harbor, Antarctica -
Cruise Elephant Island, Shetland Islands -
Cruise Gerlache Strait -
Cruise Cape Horn -

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