madi59269

madi59269
Third Mate

Joined: 05/06/2015
1
Cruise
2
Reviews
14
Helpful Votes

About madi59269



Following

madi59269's Past Cruises

Seven Seas Mariner

November 2016 - Seven Seas Mariner to South America

The Amazon and Beyond

The excellent staff and food along with the amazing sites.  We were non-plussed in our 1st week compared to our previous and Oceania and Paul Gaugin Cruises, so we provided feedback.  There was an immediate change in the personal service---particularly Yoseph, Miodraga, and Victoria.   Anything we asked for was provided.  Personally, the trip was too long for us.  We will go back to the 10-18 day trips.

 

Read Full Review »

Riviera

April 2015 - Riviera to Europe - Western Mediterranean

First Cruise Ship Experience

We enjoyed our first cruise ship experience.  We are scuba divers and have been on several Live Aboard Dive Boats and have sailed Live Aboard Catamarans for 7-10 days in the Bahamas, BVI's, Winwards.  Now that we are retired, we thought it was time to try a Cruise and opted for the Western Mediterranean.  We selected Oceania Riviera because it was a "high" end mid level capacity ship.  We were somewhat disappointed that the majority of passengers were in jeans and casual clothes vs. the advertised "country club" style of dress.  Also, we are 67 and felt like the young people on board.  The Oceania Shore Excursions were pricey considering that the size of the groups were 20 to 30 including people who had considerable physical limitations.  Three of our scheduled tours were cancelled due to windy and rainy weather, which we were not informed of until 30 mins before departure.  Very little attempt was made to let passengers know how they could replan the excursions once on land (e.g. trains, taxis). The morning muster for shore excursions was very chaotic and prolonged. In regards to the cabins, I particularly appreciated the full size tub with extra shower and the lighted dressing table/desk mirror plus the stand alone magnifying mirror.  There was more than sufficient closet and drawer space.  However, I saw little value to paying the extra cost for Concierge Level Cabin.  The lounge was extremely small and the Concierge Support hours were very limited.  The advertised "Early Boarding" for Concierge Level was afforded to all passengers.  The Specialty Restaurant reservations were limited but were at 2/3's capacity at all times.  The staff was very committed and provided excellent service.

Read Full Review »

madi59269's Tips

Seven Seas Mariner Seven Seas Mariner - Book a cabin below Deck 10, so you do not hear the restaurant movement and the pool deck chairs.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Wished I had been informed to pre-arrange for transportation from Port to Rome Hotel. Taxi Van charged 100 euros and made us wait until it was full.
Monte Carlo, Monaco - Really enjoyed Nice and Eze. Casino was a big disappointment---very oversold.
La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Italy - Weather caused cancellation of Cruise Tour, scrambled to take tender to shore and caught train in rain and wind to Monterossa and Vernazza.
Portofino, Italy - Weather caused cancellation of anchoring, rerouted to Genoa
Barcelona, Spain - Arrived 2 days early prior to embarking Cruise ship and toured with Viatour.
Riviera Riviera - Very little advantage to Concierge Level Veranda over standard Veranda. I recommend standard Veranda or upgrading to a Penthouse Suite. Room service is exceptional and I highly recommend, especially for breakfast.

Badges (Learn More)


Points (View Leaderboard)

0
This Week
90
Total

Recent Activity

received a helpful vote on their Seven Seas Mariner cruise review - The Amazon and Beyond

received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - First Cruise Ship Experience

received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - First Cruise Ship Experience

received a helpful vote on their Seven Seas Mariner cruise review - The Amazon and Beyond

shared a quick tip for Seven Seas Mariner"Book a cabin below Deck 10, so you do not hear the restaurant movement and the pool deck chairs."

added Nov 26, 2016 cruise on Seven Seas Mariner to their profile.

reviewed their South America cruise on Seven Seas Mariner and gave it 3 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - First Cruise Ship Experience

received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - First Cruise Ship Experience

received a helpful vote on their Riviera cruise review - First Cruise Ship Experience