12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona To Venice) Sail Date: September 25, 2006 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 10 years ago
The Itinerary was great with a lot to do and see. The ship was good, but in need of drydock repairs which it has planned after the next run. It was early to bed and early to rise for tours, and no dining room adjustments to compensate. You had to do buffet. Buffet food and dining room food was a C+ rating at best and had to resort to Fine Dining (7 times in 12 days). Fine dining rating a A-. .
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Breakfast was very mundane. Nothing cooked to order so no fresh eggs. Dining room was very difficult to get into at breakfast because of tours schedules. Staff got a b rating. No adjustments when the at sea for any mid morning sleeping. Dinner was so-so for food with little imagination. Fine dining was very good. We ended up eating at the more costly fine dining there because it was the only alternative. Fine Dining should get a A- for food and an A for service. mundane.
5 out of 5
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Cabin Steward was great. Research on the cabin said that it came with a DVD player. Got there an "not". Needed it to go over a DVD of a project we are working on and the Steward got one for us. Many staff including the assistant cruise director knew our names after meeting us once. Impressive... We got tired of asking how are you today because the answer 99% of the time was a programmed "excellent".
3 out of 5
As one of the largest ships in the fleet, it was clean, but had a sulfer odor. Pax were encouraged to always sanatize their hands. Cabin classifcation of Mini-suite was misleading and should have been just a large stateroom with balcony. Cabin problems included no hot water and plugged facilities; windows falling apart and wood laminates on tables lifting. .
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Cabin classifcation of Mini-suite was misleading and should have been just a large stateroom with balcony. Cabin problems included no hot water and plugged facilities; windows falling apart and wood laminates on tables lifting.
Watch where you sit for the local beer. Get the price first as 2 bers cost 27 Euros in the square. You can wonder the streets for hours and it is delightful. Look for a small resturaunt that has a lot of people who may not be tourists. You can get a great Pizza.
Don't Miss: Gondola ride
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