I have been on several cruise ships (NCL, Princess, RCL..,) and if you are looking for impeccable cuisine book a cruise on Celebrity! We did the Horizon for 9 nights--Southern Caribbean; Galaxy for 7 nights--Alaska; and the Zenith for 12 nights--Panama Canal. The food was excellent every meal, everyday. Super clean ships with superior service. The dinning rooms, waiters and busboys are much more formal and glamorous than other lines. Conde Nast Traveler says the food on Celebrity Lines rivals that of Crystal Cruise Lines. Add to that the room sizes are somewhat larger. Great experience! Kel
Have you ever taken a cruise on Renaissance? (or anyone who may read this post) I was thinking about doing a cruise with them in the near future and would be interested to hear any good/bad experiences with them...
a cruise on them, but from what I hear and read it can be OK. The big trouble with Ren. is they won't help you if you get into any unusal situations. Very regimented. Their charter flights are not only undependable but arrive and leave at strange times. This means you have plan on being there maybe a day in advance and get your own hotel room; same on return to NYC. You are not able to connect with any flights that night to your home city. Most insurance companies will not sell trip cancellation or health insurance for them. And, as you just read, cancellation policies and penalities for ANY reason are horrific. Their visa fees are too high. Their shore excursions are too high, And, their tipping policy is too high. They come across as mean-spirited to me. Otherwise, you might enjoy it. PS They sell most of their cruises on a auction site. You might find a great price there.
I cruised on the R3 years ago when Renaissance was introducing their REALLY small ships (140 pax). It was great, but Renaissance is not the same company any more. Reviews of the "new" Renaissance are decidedly mixed; all agree the pricing is amazing (low), altho it seems that many people pay different prices for the same accomodations (not unusual in cruising, but I hear that on Renaissance it has made some pax extremely angry!). Many travel agents won't touch Renaissance, as they solicit so many direct bookings. If you book directly, they require full payment immediately, with some rather bizarre cancellation penalties. Have heard that Renaissance relies on charter flights that many have found to be unreliable at best. Personally, I think there could be real value there, but buyer beware. I recently rec'd an email from Renaissance for a 50 day Athens-Bangkok @ 5500 per pax including air and balcony cabin. Doesn't get much better than that. Unfortunately, I'm a smoker, and therefor unwelcome on the "new" Renaissance. Oh, well... Still long CCL, RCL, and POSNY. Will probably put in an order early Monday AM for some more CCL. Great time to average down!
Never have, however I have heard mixed reviews. Small ships with no children, one seating for meals, good service. They seem to have good prices and interesting itineraries. Seabourn C L has the great food in the small ship group. (Expensive) Kel
Anyone travelled on this ship? Going on a 'last minute' basis, and have a 'run of the ship' booking. We could be anywhere, including the worst cabin available....What are the inside cabins like? I've been on the Horizon and found it A1. Any opinions on the Mercury?
Ive been on the mercury 4 times and the Horizon 1 time. The Mercury is a dream. You will love her. She is clean and smells new. Well I think her maiden voyage was only in end of 1997. Anyways, you are quite lucky. Enjoy the food and the staff - SHIPS.