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Old 08-30-2005, 05:17 AM
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Hi sailingaway, Yes the cabins have had new mattresses and have been decorated. I can only vouch, however, for the decor in those that I have seen... mainly decks 2 and 3 and some I have seen on deck 8..when using the computers..doors were open to some cabins near there and you could get a glimpse inside. Our dining room tablemates were on deck 7 and had similiar decor to ours on 3. So a fair range viewed and all in good shape. Mattresses all over were replaced and certainly my sofa showed no wear and blankets and bedspreads were reasonable..although you only needed the sheets which seemed to have a blanket in between them at night. The beds were always made up immaculately. I must confess I have arthritis all thru my spine and a bad back so no bed is comfortable to me..but I slept Ok as I simply was so tired from all going on. Towels were constantly replaced and you could ask for anything you wanted..we never used room service..but wish we had now. The ship was spotless..all the tables at mealtimes..wherever you ate..cleaned immediately. stair rails polished night and day. Didn't notice any stained carpets or even dirty carpets as had been reported in the past. Most negative reviews were from the same couple people if you check and one lady in particular, on another message relating to LOS on this board, sailed in July like myself but suggests everyone take P&O and that beginner cruisers will think the ship is great only because they know no better. Well, let me first say, that although I haven't been on a ship for over 20 years..and I referred to myself as a first time cruiser..I have traveled all manner of cruising in the past and come from Miami, Fl ,where RCI is based. I knew all the ships and companies inside out, have either visited or traveled on a vast amount of them then. In my travels, I have been on island hops, transatlantic,Meditterrannean, unusual stops like Beirut and Syria..Russia and even long haul cruises lasting a few months at a time to the Orient and Phillippines. Approximately 60 countries,in total,crossed the internationaal dateline more than once. In most ports, I have stayed for long periods of time not just hours. The ships varied from liners to passenger freighters. So I am very experienced when I say this is a lovely ship and you will enjoy it. As far as P&O, their new ships I am sure are lovely.I've not personally seen the insides, only photos.. but as I said the prices are vastly more expensive.. 50% in our case..and this is comparing by cabin photos (same as I did in choosing RCI) same ammenities,deck, and layout..grade for grade and using the same travel agent. I can also state on the arcadia at least..which I viewed eye to eye..I did not like the hotel look about it and all the separation they are trying to achieve..everyone in their own little space..I feel this destroys the very substance of it being a cruise. Our sailaways on deck with calypso bands playing was brilliant.We also had balcony accommodation, but it just didn't cover the entire ship. Have no doubts, it would be brilliant to have your own balcony..the view and seating..would be amazing. but not be forced into isolation from everyone else. to still maintain open decks and a feeling of openness on the ship would be the ideal. People are not all satisfied with other lines as well..P&O, Princess and Carnival have had lots of complaints recently.. and very many against NCL. Cutbacks are inevitable in any big company. Also many people have commented that P&O buffet and childrens activities onboard (we have mini golf and rockwall) were not as good as RCI..which are less rigid than P&O. Two families who also traveled this July and exchanged conversation about LOS, are P&O regulars..they have Emailed me to say they have decided not to go with P&O next year, and have rebooked RCI having tried it.They are scheduled for the cruise that returns as we are to leave next year. so everyone has a different opinion. I love all ships..but for the price and the style...service offered...the comfort..entertainment..amazing ports..and GOOD FOOD...This Ship and RCI get a 10 out of 10 rating from my husband and I.
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:05 AM
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Sailingaway, just picked up on the message where you say you were married on a glacier in Alaska while on a cruise. How fantastic is that? would like to hear more about it, very romantic. Also wondered what itinery you have for your sailing. btw, did have one complaint..the coffee onboard LOS was horrible very, very, strong. But there was a latte tudes selling Seattles' best..Carol
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Old 08-30-2005, 12:10 PM
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Hi Carol

Have to thank you for such a brill review. I look at this forum daily and another very good one, hoping for more positive reviews about LOS. We are going next June 24th out of SOuthampton and I am very excited but trying not to go over the top. Whilst away it will be my 50th (yikes!!!) We have booked for deck 6 oceanview and if its anything like my previous cruise with Explorer in the Caribbean I am so looking forward to it and to live just one hour away from the Port will be heaven.

Would love to have a balcony but it would cost an extra 800 to upgrade. We are saving like crazy at the moment to get the money by April.

Once again Carol thanks so much for taking the time to post on this forum.
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Old 08-30-2005, 03:23 PM
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Hi Jarrenwood and thanks for the reply. I am always worried that I have said too much..as my messages seem to end up much longer than planned. I am very pleased that you found it helpful and also know exactly how excited you feel and how worried the bad reviews make you. I was unable to think or talk about anything else and drove all the rest of the family mad.. for that matter, now that I am home ,I am still talking. It really is so special..a cruise holiday. Family committments have kept us from going in the past,it is hard to afford it. But we had such a wonderful time it was worth every penny..all the stress and worries disappeared.We were treated so well and the ship was so lovely. It was simply a perfect world for 14 days. You will have a fantastic time celebrating your 50th birthday onboard.. they will have a cake and sing to you in the dining room. The table of 8 behind us, had at least 5 birthdays..we said it had to be fixed. I'll trade with you.. I will be 56 New Years Eve and my husband was 61 on Friday. I'll gladly be 50 again!It was my husbands very first time on a ship, although he was in the navy 25 years, but in submarines. It was also his first visit to Spain and Portugal..despite living so close here in the UK. The last time I was in the mediterrannean, I was in my 20's. So it was like being young all over again. What is your itinery in April? I know you will have a wonderful time. You strike me as someone who looks forward to and enjoys most things in life and above all, you appreciate everything.. as it doesn't come easy. Some people are lucky enough to have wonderful holidays often.. whether on a cruise or abroad. They are used to being waited on and in turn expect alot more and are not as easily impressed or appreciative as we are. What was a very good standard at one time..suddenly isn't good enough. However,the service and the standard on the LOS was excellent for the money we paid. Of the ships of similiar style and itinery, LOS was by far the best value 14 day Med cruise and it still offered quality for your money. I hope it will be the same for you. . We are trying very hard to get our daughters, who will be 21 (twins), along with us on another Med cruise on the LOS next August, we are all saving. There is a slight variation in itinery in Aug. and the ship stops overnight in Barcelona and Palma,Majorca and adds Malaga.. It would be fantastic. Keep in touch..let me know about your trip.I know you will have a wonderful time. The windows in the cabins offer magnificent views. ENJOY!!
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:47 AM
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Hi Carol

Thanks for the message. You are a bit like me, I tend to wax lyrical and go on and on but I will keep this message short as I am at work.

Very quickly the iternary is Lison, Gibraltar (know Gib quite well s we often drive into gib from Spain when on holiday on Costa del Sol, hubby and I play a lot of golf and try and get away every year to Marbella or nearby for a week, we are going end October this year and I have said we really have to be careful with the money cos we will not be able to afford the cruise). Also visiting Portugal, Praia del Rocha, might get a game in there???, Barcelona, Corsica, Villefranche, Vigo, no overnight stays though, maybe year after? Chose the Classic Med cruise as it falls right on my birthday, wanted to be away out of the UK on my 50th so was delighted when I saw that RCI LOS did the cruise. Do fancy overnight stay though, its night to be able to have a late meal on land whilst crusing, the only late nighter is Villefranche so maybe we will have a dinner in Nice, Monte Carlo or Monaco (gosh doesn't it sound grand). On my actual birthday, we visit Barcelona but having read that you really have to be careful in Barcelona (thieves etc) probably wont stay long on land. Will get back to the boat, and take root in the Champagne bar....... mmm...... cant wait.

Must go but will post/write again later on today or probably this evening.

Josie
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:29 AM
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Hi Josie,Realized last night that I have spoken with you and Art before on different threads about the LOS..the previous time on this site about 14 day med for one example. So apologies to you and everyone for a lot of repetition in things I have said and for rambling on. When returning back from the cruise, I was just anxious to reply to everyone with a question and to ensure that they knew it was a good ship. Sometimes I have gotten the people mixed up as to who said what..not necessarily having the chance to re read what has already been said. I see you have done a cruise with RCI before and a fair amount of time spent in Spain etc. So it is not a completely rare or new experience for you..even so with another ship to compare, I am sure you will still have a wonderful time and it will match your expectations. The Classic Med is the itinery we had..no problems in Barcelona or anywhere else..with pickpockets,beggars or anything like that, though we were warned. Just avoid crowds that gather in the Rambla around street entertainers and keep hold of your bag as you would anywhere..including the UK. Beware of the train to Monaco from Villefranche..we had a lot of trouble with it. On return it skipped our stop altogether and carried on to Nice. We had to taxi back, luckily had enouth money and time. Villefranche in itself is gorgeous..there is a mini tour train that stops outdide the entrance where you leave the tender..it costs about 3 and takes you all around the area..amazing scenery.. stopping for photos and lasts for for about an hour. There was also a charming and very friendly young man in a perfume shop right there at the building you exit the tenders, and he sold us some lovely gift sets at good prices for my daughters, their boyfriends and my son. They loved them. Cerrutti 1881 for eg. was one set.. in an enormous size bottle and including a very stylish handbag for just under 40. I wish I'd spent my time there in Villefranche..the restaurants were beautiful. We got to Monaco about 6:30pm and the mini train had already stopped running there..it also takes you around like in Ville.and without it I would have to walk up a massive hill in order to see the casino on one side and palace the other,which we looked up to.The marina wasn't that special.I had been there a few times, but many years ago. It was some sort of holiday period it seemed and a special rugby match was on (why the train didn't stop we were told) We were going to get a taxi up the hill for a quick tour and back to the ship..skipping the train..but couldn't find a taxi.We had a bit of trouble in Nice as well.But to our relief made it back to the ship with 90 minutes to spare. Would also recommend that you take the ships bus to Rome..we debated the walking and getting our own train etc. so glad we didn't. The ships coach takes you in comfort..you leave straight away directly from the ship..arrive fresh.and they drop you off at the Vatican. With my slow walking.I would not have been able to see both sides of the river..it would either have been Vatican or collosseum..We managed to see everything but the Spanish steps which I could have done if I'd pushed but wanted to enjoy what I saw. took a taxi from st peters to the Trevi fountain, very reasonable..told us 10 euros but was only 7.80..we had 10 in our hand and gave it to him..it was a good run, we were well pleased and he was quite old..The man was over the moon. The same coming back to st Peters to meet the coach for the return..we had traffic tie ups and this driver gave us a mini tour..still 10 euros incl tip. Rome was wonderful I had loved it at 20 and 21, and now I'd returned..magical.So Long for Now, Josie and other LOS travelers. Carol
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Old 09-27-2005, 01:19 AM
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I was so glad to read these reviews. I am booked on Legend for the Canaries trip in October and was starting to worry begause there has been so much negative information posted.
I will now just look forward to the holiday.

Just one question for anyone who has been on any of the recent cruises from Southampton - were the formal nights adhered to? How did everyone dress?
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:34 AM
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I have just booked for LOS's transatlantic cruise Southampton to Tampa October 06. Sounds great itinerary. We are also crossing from Ft Lauderdale to harwich on 30th April next year on Jewel of the Seas. It all sounds so good everything I have read. The prices on these repositioning cruisers are so good. Can't wait.
 
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