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Fantastic cruise in the Mediterranean! by drtlamb

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Ship: Norwegian Getaway

This was out first big ship cruise, having only done a river cruise in the past. The river cruise was awesome, but this cruise was, too. I did not expect my husband to care for the experience and he loved it! We took over 2,000 pictures during the cruise, cannot wait for the prints to arrive next week.

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It was Fantastic to be Cruising again! by springer890

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Ship: Harmony of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

One will have noticed that we stayed onboard for the entire Cruise, and ask themselves why Cruise? After 20+ months of not cruising, this was our change to get back on the high seas. Yes, we have previously visited all of the Port destinations, but that did not matter. Being able to be back onboard Royal Caribbean and having the feeling of being home was comfort enough.

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Smooth & Easy by adverb23

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Ship: Norwegian Getaway / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

We purchased the Vibe to make sure we didn't have to fight for a lounge chair everyday. The Vibe is a private area where only a select number of people are allowed access for lounge chairs and the bartenders know you by name. It was nice, but after paying nearly an additional $500 for this they should have a separate pool for Vibe members. Also, they don't provide food. You can pay additional for food which is kinda crazy since we already paid close to $500 to be up there or you can walk down to the buffet and bring it back up for free. Drinks were great and bar staff very friendly. It didn't make sense you weren't allowed to sit at the bar, but in other places you were. They also had cabanas at the Vibe which seemed to be a waste cause I never saw anyone go in one probably because it was another additional fee. Overall the Vibe is a good thing if you want a little privacy and a little quieter, but it would be way better with it's own pool and it's own food service The ship was only at about 60% because of Covid so with less people that made it nice. The Buffet was staffed with lots of people to serve you which was different, but worked out okay. One complaint was you had to book excursions on the ship and weren't allowed to go off on your own which to me just seemed like an additional money maker for the cruise line. They charged more than booking on your own even with the excursion "discounts" they gave. You had to be with a guide off the ship supposedly for Covid although I don't see how they would make a difference. All in all I will definitely be cruising again before too long. It was a great time so get out there and do it!!!

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Excellent cruise on Viking Sea by KentB

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Ship: Viking Sea / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Viking Ocean cruises are operating smoothly...in spite of COVID19. Malta and the Greek Isles provided a fascinating glimpse into ancient history. The tour guides were exceptional. Highly recommended.

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Great Cruise by snr

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Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This was our fifth attempt to cruise since the pandemic. We enjoyed every aspect of the cruise and felt the staff and those who served us were excited to be back cruising. They were wonderful, helpful, and courteous. The dining roomWas excellent and the Covid protocol was superior.

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Great unusual Cruise by rirish1

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Ship: Eurodam / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Pandemic cruise which did everything in it's power to keep us safe. 100% vaccinated and were tested 2x on cruise. Mask wearing was mandated inside and mostly had compliance. Only had 900 passengers which allowed the staff to pamper guests to a greater degree than normal cruises

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Great Cruise by Cruiser71967741

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Ship: Costa Deliziosa / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

As an American and not knowing Italian or Spanish it was hard on the excursions because English ones were cancelled. Felt like we missed a lot even though guides tried to pull us aside and explain things.

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Good cruises by gmosunic

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Brand new ship is beautiful. Service slow in most restaurants. I think they are just getting use to being back to work.

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Best cruise ever by daferrell3

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

I would do this ship and itinerary again. It was my best cruise ever and I’ve been on a lot of them.

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wonderful trip on a beautiful ship by blueroof3

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We enjoyed this cruise very much in spite of Covid protocol. The fact that there was only about 400 passengers was nice but it lacked some of the excitement that we have always enjoyed on previous cruises

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Funtastic Ship! by BunnyCrash

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Great Cruise. The ports of call changed a few times before we actually boarded the ship. We origionally booked a 10 night cruise back in November 2019 on the Aug 7 2020 sailing of Apex. We all know what happened. Celebrity did their best to make sure we had a good cruise and following the CDC and world health guidelines. It was.

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Fantastic cruise experience with wonderful ports of call by sheilacolbert

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. A few small things would make it exceptional (more hooks and different port location for Santorini) but the staff and crew were fantastic. We felt very pampered and safe!

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The Apex is a gorgeous ship and the cruise was amazing with only 452 people on board (a 2910 passenger ship). The Covid testing and precautions onboard were excellent. The all inclusive WIFI is not any good; it won't handle posting on social media. by jwheel11

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Amazing ship and ports. Great cruise! The Apex is a MUST cruise.

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Fantastic 8 days at Sea by klp604

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Our family of four from the United States, two adults and two children ages 7 and 10 had the pleasure of cruising with Celebrity Apex the week of July 9-17, 2021. We were very pleased with Celebrity Apex. The service, food and amenities on board were truly top notch. What made this cruise unforgettable was truly the service our family received on board. The staff worked hard to make sincere connections to guests and went out of their way to provide exceptional service. We stayed in a Celebrity Suite and it was incredible. The room was spacious, had great storage and a wonderful balcony. Staying in a suite allowed us access to The Retreat. The staff in the Retreat Lounge, Retreat Sundeck and Retreat restaurant, Luminae, were truly exceptional at customer service and went out of their way to make sure our vacation was one we will never forget. The level of service and attention to detail was top notch and so appreciated. The only negative experience we had on board was at the spa. It was the worst massage and facial I've ever had in my life. My therapist interrupted my massage and facial MULTIPLE times to try to sell me on a number of products and additional add-on services. She told me how my body had cellulite, not enough collegian in my face, among other hurtful comments. I came to relax, not to be sold on additional services and products by telling me how my body wasn't perfect. I had purchased a week-long thermal pass and after such a negative experience during my massage I stopped going to the spa. I didn't feel comfortable and didn't want to be approached again to hear about how my face didn't have enough collegian in it, or how I could decrease my cellulite. It's the only negative experience we had on board, but after spending almost $300 for the thermal pass and $200 on my spa treatment it leaves a VERY bad taste in my mouth as to how I chose to use my on board credit. The food on board was plentiful and delicious. We dined for dinner most nights in Luminaee the restaurant that was reserved for guests staying in the Retreat (suites). Our two servers in Luminaee were beyond FANTASTIC. Gary and Sony were two of the best servers we've ever had anywhere in the world. The food was incredible and portion sizes were appropriate. The service in the Retreat Lounge and Retreat pool was also incredible. The staff would often walk around offering guests drinks, cold towels, fruit, and other special treats while enjoying the sun deck. There were always plenty of chairs by the pool and on the sun deck. We also appreciated that there were a number of options for chairs that had shade and sun, depending on what felt best. The two bar tenders in the Retreat Lounge were WONDERFUL at their craft and worked so hard to please each guest. A BIG thank you to Oksanya and Demitri. Our Retreat host (butler), Diana and stateroom attendant Natalia both worked so hard to make our trip unforgettable. They both showed tremendous love to our family and children. We dined in two specialty restaurants while on board. Eden and Le Chef de France. Both dinners provided exceptional food and service. We could not have been happier. It was our first time on Celebrity and we look forward to our next trip and hope the spa goes better next time.

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Finally cruising again! by wpatchison01

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

We have not been able to cruise for about 2 years due to COVID. This was our return to the water on a great ship, first time on Celebrity, and first time in the Retreat. Well, we're spoiled now and will definitely be returning to Celebrity. Our cruise coordinator, Donnie Brummer, bent over backwards to see that we were able to get on this cruise. We thank him for all of his efforts.

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Wonderful Boat! by wildwoman629562

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Ship: Celebrity Apex / Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This was a wonderful week. It was the maiden voyage of a brand new and very impressive shipt. Everyone (crew and guests) was thrilled to be there at all after more than a year of covid grounding. We were only 700 guests on the huge ship so everything was convenient, no lines for anything, everything available.

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Great Cruise to see many different places in Europe! by j3williams7

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Ship: Costa Smeralda / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

This is the BEST way to travel through Europe. Congrats to Costa Cruise on such a great ship and staff.

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First Trip to Europe, first cruise in Europe. Very nice. by SeaAngel77

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: MSC Grandiosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Nicely Done. Beautiful Ship. Very European and Nice for family.

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Very Nice European Cruise by tmsmiranda

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: MSC Grandiosa / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Ship was beautiful; service was great; food was ok; destinations and tours were awesome (except for France); price was extremely good for a balcony.

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Very disappointed by calebgreen

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Ship: Costa Smeralda / Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean

Would 150% not recommend or go on another costa cruise. This was a new ship and was supposed to be to great destinations that were a total let down if you booked excursions with the cruise line. Entertainment, food, and excursions were less than mediocre at best. Sad this was a dark cloud following us on our anniversary cruise. Should have went with another cruise line.

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