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Amazing Ship, Not So Amazing Itinerary by STinTX

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Ship: Viking Star / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Overall we really enjoyed the ship. With two days at sea out of a seven day trip, we took advantage of the spa, relaxing spaces and visiting with new friends made on the cruise. Very easy to do with the smaller Viking ship and less than 1,000 passengers. The ship never felt crowded.

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Variety of experiences by scsoloski

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Ship: Seven Seas Explorer / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Overall this was a good cruise. A variety of stops ranging from historical to cultural to natural. Particularly loved the volcanic sites.

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Could have been better! by klausaa

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Ship: Sapphire Princess / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

The fact that Normandy was cancelled ruined the trip.

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Wonderful by glorypr66

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Ship: Independence of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Very good cruise! The ports of call have many different activities to do and choose from. Lots of history and culture. Time to rest in between also with the days at sea in between. Great itinerary.

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Disaster-Did manage to have some fun moments inspite RC's efforts to destroy my vacation by catsam61

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Ship: Explorer of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Never so glad to be home from the cruise to HELL-Sailed on Celebrity and 3 international cruises -all wonderful-Expecting this to be the same Had many cruises in years past, never a bad experience After returning, called Post Cruise and customer service - at best, cavalier attitude-Who cares-RC reserves the right to trash your vacation at a moment's notice-I think they owe us some compensation We have a cruise reserved with RC in July-not sure if I can stomach the thought of dealing with them again

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Europe trip by jmoccio

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Ship: Explorer of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

We enjoyed the trip but the weather was not that great. I believe it was the rainy time in Europe.

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14 Nights Bourgundian Explorer by kathrynyoung591

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Rotterdam Retired / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

I don't think my booking on Holland America Rotterdam is worth the money that we paid given the poor condition of the bathroom.

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French wine and Iberian history by markeritz

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Ship: Nautica / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

We are veteran Oceania travelers because we really enjoy the line, its excellent service and food, and its relatively small ships. We liked the itinerary and had pleasant excursions (privately booked) in most of the ports. We weren't able to visit Guernsey due to rough seas, but understand that's always a risk. The Cruise Director and his staff did a great job putting together a plan for our unplanned sea day, and we had a fine time despite missing the port.

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Couldn’t wait to get off this ship by nancyc2350

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Ship: Costa Mediterranea / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

We won’t select a Costa cruise again. We thought by upgrading our accommodations, the dining, and the beverage package, we’d have a very luxurious time. Far from the experience we actually had.

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Surprise of the Day on NCL by erthgoddess

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Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

This was our second Norwegian cruise and will be our last on this line. 1) The ship was clean and well-appointed, but the food on the buffet was terrible and served in an unsanitary manner. As a result, the two main dining rooms were always packed and hard to get into. The second night, a staff member tried to shoo everyone away to the larger dining room (which was also packed). We were not dressed in the required code for the larger restaurant. Beepers were available, but not used. Complaining to Guest Services assured us of a reservation every night at 6:30, but other guests continued to experience the inconvenience. Guess they didn't know how to complain effectively? 2) There were not enough tenders to get everyone on shore in time for their excursions in Orkney. This resulted in angry passengers, especially since we were not informed ahead of time of the (2 hour) delay. Coming back from Orkney, I saw the reason for not enough tenders in the morning - NCL Spirit was using its own tenders by then, all of which were belching black smoke and making horrendous engine noises. They obviously were long overdue for maintenance. I prayed for safety as we were ferried back to the ship. Fortunately, this was the only port requiring tenders. 3) Policies and procedures were either not clearly stated, not followed, or both. I found out at some point that the dress code in the larger main dining room was not enforced, undoubtedly due to the fact that the smaller dining room couldn't service the demand. We also did not have our liquor confiscated after our distillery tour, even though the couple ahead of us did have their merchandise confiscated. I have no idea why, since we had as much liquor as they did. 4) "Anything to make a buck" seems to be the overwhelming business model of NCL. Drinks were way overpriced; Laundry cost was much more than it would cost to have the same items dry cleaned in the States; I couldn't get a refund for post cruise transfers to LHR I purchased prior to the cruise and didn't (because we changed our travel plans); excursions were pushed and little to no information was given about the port itself. However, the itinerary was great, as was the service. Great staff, hard-working and polite. My spouse purchased spa treatments and used the nail salon several times, and enjoyed those experiences thoroughly.

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Great itinerary with adequate ship by jasonfz26522996

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Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Overall cruise was a good value though the ship was older and less to do on other larger and newer ships. Definitely recommend looking at private or alternative tour options as the cruise ship clientele on this itinerary was a bit older and slower and bussing just takes up a long time with short port times. Felt like time in ports was more limiting then it needed to be, particularly since the ports themselves were all very close together. Would have liked to have more time (as in 12 hours versus the 4-5 or 6-8 we had in some ports), the Dublin overnight was convenient.

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British Isles by simonejohnz

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Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Gave a nice overview of Scotland and Ireland but the ports with Tenders were a problem that should be addressed.

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Unique ship design touches--refreshing! by qltytym1938

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Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Rare combination of multiple ports and few sea days allowed us to enjoy a larger variety of experiences. Only downside was three tender ports

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Historical and adventurous by wazman08

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Ship: Brilliance of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

This was a very adventurous and history learning cruise.

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Good itinerary, beautiful ship, but mediocre food and entertainment by DinaRene

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Ship: Independence of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

The main thing Royal has going for it is their ships. They are absolutely beautiful, especially the new ones. Their promenades are something that no other cruise line offers and I absolutely love it. IT's a place to shop, for the entertainers to perform and it's just a great use of ship space. The staff are all friendly, helpful and kind. But that's where the raves stop. Royal nickels and dimes you on EVERYTHING. Everything is literally extra money - even their escape room. The entertainment was not diverse enough. Standup comedian after standup comedian. The ice shows were AMAZING however. The food is a disappointment, even in their specialty restaurants. I work in a restaurant so of course I'm more picky than most, but that said, I enjoy a good chain restaurant on land from time to time, and their food is not even as good as a chain restaurant. And it's almost never hot. The Windjammer Cafe food is always lukewarm! I work many private events at my own restaurant and we always make sure all of our food is hot for our guests. Royal doesn't seem to care about this. They also broke down their specialty pancake grill a half hour early one morning. And it was on a day at sea where no one had anywhere to be. That is completely unacceptable. When you tell your guests breakfast ends at 11, that means 11. It doesn't mean 10:30, 10:45 or 10:55. It means 11. When I complained, the staff did everything to accommodate me, so kudos to them for that. But it doesn't outweigh all the problems I saw during my cruise. I had a wonderful time, because that's who I am. I make the best of wherever I am and enjoy the situation. However, I'm not sure if I'll cruise with Royal anytime soon.

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Great cruise by spangan59

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Ship: Celebrity Reflection / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

It was a beautiful cruise with a lot of unforgettable memories and experiences in different countries.

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One of the best of 25+ cruises we've been on. Celebrity: Great ship. by willedge

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Ship: Celebrity Reflection / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

We had a great time on the cruise. The staff bent over backwards to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The facilities were well designed and maintained. Food was superb.

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Nice Itinerary, Great Ship, Very Enjoyable by ellengwynn

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Ship: Brilliance of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

This was a re-positioning cruise from the Baltic to the Med. Nice ports of call, places we had not visited before. It was a really worthwhile experience and I am really glad we found this cruise.

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Very enjoyable cruise by tonyzal

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Ship: Explorer of the Seas / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

If I could be sure of having a similar sized cabin with the excellent storage and larger bathroom, I would sail with RC much more rather than the so-called "higher end" ships like Celebrity.

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Fast spin around British isles by sandmanDan

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Ship: Crown Princess / Destination: Europe - Western Europe

Prior research and planning paid off handsomely. Also take advantage of shipboard previews the previous evening if possible to get the most out of your tours.

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