Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
Sign in to follow this  

Reviews of the Week by Holly2, mthgoo, junglejane, L-in-CLT & ladytravlr2!

Recommended Posts

Every Thursday, we'll randomly select five cruise reviews to feature here! Plus, we'll send each member a Cruise Critic logo item. We hope they enjoy it!


Splendour of the Seas Splendour OTS June 15, 2013 Greece and Croatia by Holly2

We travelled with our three adult children and picked the Splendour because of the schedule and itinerary. We were looking for a 7 night itinerary which included both Santorini and Athens. Splendour fit the bill. We knew a little about Royal from cruising Celebrity and will include comparisons in this review. We stayed two nights pre-cruise at the Hotel Gardena, which was very pleasant with a canal view and convenient to port. We took the People Mover and port shuttle and were dropped off right where we deposited our luggage. We were pleased to see refreshments in the terminal and were checked in by 11:30. Our Celebrity level translated to Diamond status. We hadn't expected to be greeted with a welcome drink, but were offered rum or regular punch. We headed to the solarium and Park Cafe which would become my "go to" places just as the Aqua spa had been on Celebrity. I did check out the Windjammer in search of honey stung chicken which was not there, but which was available from room service. (I had spent a lot of time on the Cruise Critic RCI and ports boards.) Continue reading... Splendour OTS June 15, 2013 Greece and Croatia



Celebrity Constellation Nearly perfect vacation by mthgoo

It was a great vacation. A lot of that was due to the fabulous itinerary of the Celebrity Constellation. We started by spending 3 nights in Amsterdam, then took the 12 night Scandinavia & Russia cruise, and then topped it off with two nights in Brugge (Bruges). Amsterdam was our favorite city, followed by Brugge, and then St. Petersburg. And, we loved them for different reasons. Amsterdam is so unique with it wonderful transportation system and thousands upon thousands of bicyclist, great museums, and lots if attractions. Brugge is just the cutest city in all of Europe (ok, maybe an exaggeration). St. Pete was an introduction to Russia for us. We also took the ballet excursion. What a lovely experience! Getting back to the cruise, if our best cruise ever was a 10, this cruise would rate an 8. It was great in many ways and kinda average in other ways. First of all and most important, the cruise was flawless. We were on the Carnival Splendor when it caught fire and was adrift in the Pacific Ocean so we know what a disaster cruise looks like. Everything went as planned and we had absolutely no problems. Of course, all of that is to be expected, really. Continue reading... Nearly perfect vacation



Queen Mary 2 Princess/Celebrity cruisers try the QM2 with 16 and 12 year old DD's by junglejane

We’re a family of four consisting of me, DH, DD16 and DD12. Prior to this trip, we’d taken 13 family cruises, including 3 European cruises. The vast majority of our cruises have been on Princess and Celebrity. For years we had wanted to try a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2. We decided to take the June 1 eastbound crossing, and to bookend the trip with 4 nights in Manhattan and 6 nights in London. We knew that June 1 would be earlier than most kids and teens would be out of school, but the date was the only one that worked out on our schedule. The trip culminated 18 months of planning by DH, including the accumulation of lots of frequent flier points and converting other points to subsidize our hotel stays. DH just loves this type of planning and gets all the credit for the logistical success of our trip. PRE-CRUISE VISIT TO NEW YORK: We stayed at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Terminal where we had two connecting rooms. This proved to be a very convenient location. We had taken the family to Manhattan in 2010, when we did many of the “must do” first time visitor experiences, like Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Met, carriage ride in Central Park, etc. This time we took a more leisurely pace and tried to spend more time soaking in the big city ambiance. One fun thing we did was taking the self guided audio tour of Grand Central Terminal, which was educational and entertaining. We also went to the new 9/11 memorial, toured the Frick Collection, and went to the MOMA and the Natural History Museum. We also spent a fair amount of time wandering through Central Park, and walking down Fifth Avenue. We took the girls to see “Peter and the Star-Catcher” which was totally hilarious. The girls and I managed to get in a little shopping as well. We got around through a combination of walking, subway and taxis. Continue reading... Princess/Celebrity cruisers try the QM2 with 16 and 12 year old DD's



Diamond Princess Everything and More! 6/1/13 Alaska! by L-in-CLT

We departed June 1 from Whittier and arrived Vancouver June 7. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime and it truly was! The ship was spotlessly clean, the crew was amazingly friendly and the food was great. We enjoyed every moment (save for one) and would do the entire trip again beginning to end. The aft suite was incredible - and we enjoyed the various perks that came with it. Because we had done a land tour, having the free laundry service was fantastic. Being able to order room service off the main dining room menus was a huge perk. This allowed us to keep our eyes glued on the phenomenal scenery. Having a suite overlooking the wake was just lovely. It wasn't loud and could only be heard if you opened the balcony doors. And even moving at a speedy for a cruise ship 22 knots, we could talk quietly on our deck and easily hear each other. We felt we had a private box and the best seats in the house during the scenic cruising and traveling the inner passage. Whales and porpoise were easily spotted playing in the wake. Our room steward, May, was a delight and really made our stay special. Our room was always spotlessly clean and she anticipated every need. One morning we passed May in the hallway and mentioned we were planning to walk around Ketchikan and skip our planned excursion. When we got back from breakfast, two umbrellas were waiting for us. She was like a friendly ghost - we never saw her come or go but we knew she had been there from all the little things she did. If we could request May with our next cruise, we would. Continue reading... Everything and More! 6/1/13 Alaska!



Norwegian Breakaway Nice girls' trip by ladytravlr2

I sailed with a friend from the East Coast on the new Breakaway, from the Manhattan port on June 16 to Bermuda. This was a great trip, however I was not impressed with much of the Breakaway. This was my first time to NY, didn't have time to see much, as we arrived the evening before the cruise and stayed at an airport hotel. We shared travel costs to Pier 88 with another cruise critic member. The drive to the the port was fun, and we at least got to see some of downtown on the way. The Breakaway looks gorgeous, colorful and huge. Embarking was simple and quick. We were with the Casinos at Sea program, so we had a designated line to get into. We had given our luggage to the porters, so we didn't see it again until it was in our rooms. My friend had hers early, mine came fairly late, don't know why, they had to search the ship for it they said, they had been on the same luggage carrier from the terminal. We ate lunch in the buffet while waiting for the rooms to be ready, which they were about 2 p.m. We had boarded the ship about 11:30 after the drive over. We explored a little, went and checked out the room, a balcony. The balcony was tiny! But at least it was a balcony. The room was very nice, the bathroom was a good size. The closet was so close to the bed that it was hard for even a person to stand there to open the closet doors. I wish there had been drawers in the room, there are only shelves to put your things. We emptied the mini bar and used the fridge for our own water, etc. Told the room steward we were doing that so all was well. Continue reading... Nice girls' trip


Why not share your own cruise stories by writing and submitting your review! Your could be featured, and *you* could be wearing some logo stuff on your next cruise!


Write a Cruise Review

Edited by Admin

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance w/ Steve Dasseos of the TripInsuranceStore.com June 2020
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
  • Create New...