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Brilliance of the Seas

 

Brilliance-of-the-seas    Brilliance of the seas was built at the German Meyer Werft shipyard at a cost of $350 million, she came into service for royal Caribbean in 2002.

 

Dexy
2012-02-19, 17:24
My wife and I cruised on Brilliance of the Seas in September 2009 in the Med celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary. What a happy ship! And if you get a happy ship you get happy passengers. Cruise director Gordon Whatman was a gold nugget asset and proved the perfect host. Having a balcony cabin helped, but everything was superb - food,entertainment and organisation. I would recommend this ship to anyone. Have just returned from 14 days in the Caribbean with P&O. It was good, but not a patch on Brilliance. If I book again, I'm choosing Brilliance because she was.....well brilliant!
Explorer of the Seas

 

 explorer     Explorer of the seas was built in Finland and came into service in 2000.

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MV Van Gogh

 

mv-van-gogh    MV Van Gogh was built at the Wärtsilä Turku Shipyard as a Belorussiya-class cruise ferry for the Ukrainian Black Sea Shipping Company.

Mark
2014-02-18, 17:37
We took a cruise on the van Gogh in 2006 at that time she was being operated by Travelscope,the ship is small compared to others but all the staff were very friendly and the food was plentiful and very good,the excursions which we pre-booked before the cruise were good value and well organized,the only negative I can give is that on days when we were just at sea there wasn't enough to do on the ship this was made worse when the cinema was out of action for a few days,but overall we had a great time.
Claire
2011-08-19, 19:45
The staff couldnt do enough for you and the food is as good as we have ever had in a good restaurant. The ship is a bit bumpy if the sea is rough
Elsie
2011-07-19, 17:29
We had two wonderful cruises on the Van Gogh - food great, staff great and we had two good and comfortable cabins and of course we had wonderful weather who could ask for anything more!
Jackie
2010-09-11, 15:36
we didn't know what to expect, but it was a remarkable journey. The food was top notch and the staff taking care of us were very polite and helpful, UK staff take note! It was lovely to get dressed up and be pampered for a while
Celebrity Millenium

 

Millennium      Celebrity Millennium is the lead ship of the Millennium Class of cruise ships, operated by the Celebrity Cruises line.

 

Elaine
2013-02-10, 17:20
This has been the worse ship I have ever been on in all my life the standard was none at all the food was cold and rubbish their was nuro virus on the ship passengers locked up in their cabins for days I was bit in my cabin that was fumigated I wanted to come home after 3 days on the ship It was the worst holiday I have ever had and expensive what a joke
Celebrity Soltice

 

solstice      Celebrity Solstice is a Solstice class cruise ship owned and operated by Celebrity Cruises.


 

jack
2013-12-22, 15:56
There didn’t seem as many activities as I would expect on a ship with 2,000 passengers but we still managed to keep as busy as we wanted. There were several movies available at no charge on our stateroom television. The ship information channel was not always available though.
Queen Mary 2

 

mary2    QM2 has a bulbous bow to reduce drag and thereby increase speed, range, and fuel efficiency. And is the first passenger ship to feature CODAG propulsion.


wakers
2011-02-22, 16:12
Cunard staff go above and beyond to make sure their guests are happy and they really did make this a special holiday. Nothing is too much trouble and while there seems to be few children on board they cater for them to the utmost. I couldn't recommend them highly enough!
Boudicca

 

Boudicca     MV Boudicca was built in 1973 at the Hietalahti shipyard in Finland at a cost of $22 million.


Carol
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2012-08-31, 13:41
We have just returned from a 13 night Canary Island cruise from Greenock. We booked this cruise because it was sailing from Greenock, Scotland, which meant that we didn't need to book a flight. There are only a few ships that leave from Scotland. We also liked that fact that we hadn't been to any of the places. The cruise was brilliant and the two words that we would use to sum it up would be "intimate" and "authentic". The cabin was clean and our maid was friendly. The food was good and there was a big selection. The ship was very good because there was things to do, considering it was smaller than other ships today. Also we really enjoyed the places it went to, especially Maderia and Vigo. We would recomend this cruise.
Ocean village 2

 

Ocean-Village-Two   

MS Ocean Village Two was one of two ships operated by ocean village cruises and was was built by Fincantieri shipyard.


paul
2010-02-22, 15:52
Ocean Village is an okay ship. Pretty mediocre to me. What called my attention were the flirtatious reception staff and the rowdy hospitality crew, both lack professionalism. Food was pretty decent though, too bad I cannot say the same for the Asian staff.
Carnival Spirit

 

Carnival-Spirit     Carnival Spirit was the first Spirit class cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Chicory
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2013-07-14, 11:36
I had read all the reviews prior to going on our cruise which were helpful and it has been interesting to compare my experiences with others. With a full complement of children on board and lots of families and also people in the retired age group it made for diversity. The children did not bother me and I liked to see them happily enjoying themselves.

Our cabin was mid ship portside with an extended balcony which was very comfortable and looked after by our lovely steward called Masduku who made towel animals and was always pleasant and happy.

The cruise was smooth and no bad weather affected our trip.

Evening meals were usually taken in the dining room early sitting and they were always beautifully served with many choices.

Our table included two other retired couples who were chatty and pleasant. However, I feel it would be better to mix the age groups more. Perhaps have a range of people on the table; difference is good. Same does not always have to go with same.

The after dinner shows were usually good and I especially enjoyed the singing/dancing ones from the Carnival members.

One of the comedians had a very limited vocabulary and so he had to insert the f word regularly to cover this inadequacy and his jokes were not funny, to boot.

The piano bar where the guy had an early show that included the children was lovely. He organised the children to fill in parts of his song and everybody laughed and liked this.

Another bar featured two young people who were also very good. The boy played the guitar to accompany his sister and he sang sometimes as well.

Other forms of entertainment included games either organised like trivia or self motivated like cards and board games.

We decided not to use computers because it was expensive and we chose to read instead from our ereaders but you could borrow books from the library.

Daytime/night time food was also on level 9 and included a huge range of choices. The kids loved the ice cream machine and 24 hour pizza stand. You could have an Aussie pie or Asian food or American food - just about anything and it was all good. There was even lots of sweet treats to choose from.

The Serenity area was nice and lots of choices of places to sit and a bar to get drinks from. The service in this area was also good with a supply of towels and blankets to keep you comfortable.

One thing that did surprise me was the lack of nice loose leaf tea made with boiling water. The little pots arrived to the table with hot water that did not stay hot and separate tea bags. Even the high tea at tea time 3pm did not serve quality tea made properly. Upstairs, on level 9, you could make the tea in a mug with a tea bag, but I did miss my cuppa!

The ship visited four ports,namely,Port Vila, Mystery Island, Mare and Noumea in New Caledonia. In Port Vila, we took a cab to the town and walked around and had T2 pots of tea in a cafe on the beach which was great and unexpected after disappointing cuppas on the ship. In Noumea, we had a prebooked day that included a drive around sightseeing and having a commentary by the guide. We visited a French patisserie and the aquarium as well as random spots of interest. We had lunch at the French version of McDonalds which made better hamburgers for sure. We did not get off at Mystery Island because we were hesitant about the boats to get us ashore but, in hindsight, this was a mistake on our part. We also did not bother with Mare, but it was Mystery Island we regretted after talking to other people.

Things to take that will make life better on board include:

pegs to hang clothes in the shower

a nice smelly substance for the internal bathroom (a slow release is good)

Overall, we had a great cruise, and I still miss being onboard and having everything done for me and beautiful meals laid on. We would choose this ship again in a heartbeat.
Adonia

 

adonia    Adonia entered service with p&o in may 2011 and is currently the smallest ship in the fleet weighing in at just 30,000 tonnes.

 

roger
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2012-03-12, 11:12
We have just come back from the Adonia cruise to Norway to see the midnight sun. Adonia is the friendliest ship that we have ever cruised on. The food, I must admit, was excellent even though I have a dietary problem. All of the staff were friendly and very helpful. The evening show with only 5 dancers, other entertainment and speakers were all very good and enjoyable. There had to be something wrong, it was the weather 2 days of strong winds, giant waves in the North Sea, when we reached the English Channel, that all changed, the sea was calm again. Pleased to say we are on the Adonia for Christmas and New Year.
Nieuw Amsterdam

 

NIEUWAMSTERDAM       MS Nieuw Amsterdam was built at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and came into service for Holland America line on July 4 2010.

DMAC1
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2012-12-31, 14:16
Our Western Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam over Christmas was amazing. The ship was lovely, the stops were great, and we ate an amazing meal every night! We would definitely suggest this cruise and line!
Coral Princess

coral-princess    Coral Princess was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyards in france at a cost of $330 million.

bill
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2013-03-19, 09:43
first of all..dining room we were pampered! my wife was on a special diet and it seemed like she was the only one on board.they really took care of her.plus the food was great.we gave you 4 stars, only because the excursions were not up to par.

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