13 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (San Juan To Malaga) Sail Date: April 15, 2012 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
First of all, we had a great time on this cruise. Plenty of things to do everyday and night.
The Ports of Call were great. We took excursions at each one and were very pleased.
We couldn't have asked for better dinner tablemates. Every evening was filled with lots of stories and laughs. We made new friends that we will definitely stay in touch with.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Fine dining food was great. Windjammer provides a lot of variety. Depending on the day and staff in the Windjammer, you may or may not get a waiter asking you if you want coffee/drinks. Not sure how that's supposed to work.
3 out of 5
The entertainment was really underwhelming. There was a variety of acts, but not all of them were very good. The production numbers were not bad. 2 of the 4 main singers were outstanding. The 2 Gouchos (ok), The Main with a 1000 Voices (a singer whose voices were not all spot on), Viva Voce (4 guys with good voices, but so-so song choices), a comedic pianist (he's no Victor Borge..for part of his act we watched a video of the performance we just saw while he took a break...he was selling the CD after the show...lame), a Magician (very good).There was another singer and dance couple we decided not to go to.. heard they were ok.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Everyone was great. Our waiter was very entertaining, knowledgeable about the menu and his recommendations were fabulous. His assistant waiter was very attentive. We did not want for anything. They made a great team. Our cabin steward was so cute and always asked us how our day was going and what we had planned.
Cruise Director Staff seemed to have a problem with scheduling classes/workshops in venues big enough for the amount of people attending. For a couple of classes, they kept changing the venues. This was disappointing and confusing and ultimately resulted in us not continuing with the class.
3 out of 5
This was the biggest ship we have been on to date. Bigger ship means more people. Certain areas of the ship were always busy, The Promenade, Poolside on sunny days and The Windjammer. We were fairly lucky in avoiding the crazy busy times of the Windjammer. Getting a lounge chair by the pool and the deck above or even the Solarium is nearly impossible unless you stake your claim at 6am. The Promenade (where shops, bar, and cafe were located) was busy, especially at night. The area always smelled of smoke coming from the bar and casino downstairs.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
We treated ourselves to a balcony on this cruise and really enjoyed it. We were on deck 6 a little behind the middle of the ship portside. This turned out to be a great locationeasy access to the elevators. No noise issues.
Pros: Made great new friends
Cons: Too many smoking areas with some in very populated area, i.e. The Promenade
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