CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Ocean Club Cruises Mirage 1 by Larry F. Port Canaveral, Florida May 24, 2003

Ocean Club Cruises, Sails out of Port Canaveral Florida, Ship- Mirage 1 (I hope they don't have a Mirage 2).

The Name of the ship really says it all. It's a mirage, something that looks nice from a distance but is not what you thought it was. The ship is a converted European Ferry, the cabins were very sparse and drab, a new cruise line using old linens, stained pillows, they gave you a coarse, worn woolen blanket for a tropical cruise! I am going to keep this brief because I could write volumes on this three day cruise. I guess you should know that we are spoiled seasoned cruisers. In outline form then: buffet style all meals, extremely poor ship design for traffic flow especially in the buffet area, poor seating logistics, the head waiter was bussing tables! very mediocre food, same exact menu every day for lunch, all meals more akin to cafeteria food than cruise fare.

The midnight buffet was amazing (not in a good way) they couldn't mix a good Bahama Mama drink, tips added to bill at end of cruise at $9.50 per day per person, in fairness you can, and we did,have them reduced. Shower curtain in tiny shower only covered 2/3 of shower opening so you had a choice either soak the toilet or the sink. No drawers for clothing because there is no dresser, one tiny fixed to the wall half round vanity with a metal chair. No TV or radio in cabin. Ice hard to come by, had to ask for shampoo/conditioner/enough towels, the dead bolt lock on my cabin didn't work. Take a screwdriver as you may have to tighten the screws on the closet door so it doesn't fall off or rattle. The Theatre was unusual but nice, dancers and cruise director excellent, funny and talented. Little if any organization never knew what time we would get into a port.

Again in fairness, there were some nice cabins, we just didn't get them, the ship was clean. HOWEVER for the price we paid and if you are looking for a low budget trip where someone else cooks,cleans, and mixes your drinks where you can lounge around a pool and smell the salt air (and fumes from the funnels) soak up some sun, and meet new people this may be a cruise for you. If you are a "make the best of it" type and can put up with the above you will probably have a good time. We did but we were with nine friends. Lastly a comment heard over and over again on board was "if this is your first cruise don't use this one as a guide".

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