Author: Jacky Keen
The ship was very clean. The crew were very good. The ports of call were great. There were plenty of bad points. The food was just about ok, but pretty repetitive and we were served what appeared to be rehashed leftovers. The buffet closed at 9 o'clock, and there was never any late night buffets, chocoholic nights or gala buffets. Tea and coffee was limited to breakfast and afternoon tea, at other times you had to pay for it. For a fee, you could have room service. Pizza was only available at extra cost and service charge. The is no free tea and coffee in the cabins. The all inclusive drinks package excludes many basic drinks such as chocolate, sangria, Irish coffee etc. The 15% service charge is just about applicable to everything you spend on board, including shop purchases and tour excursions, my €238 tour went up to €270+, quite a difference. Largely, what little entertainment there was, is made up through passenger participation, and the shows were quite poor. The musicians were repartitious, but ok. Also, there are no 'clubs' ie, solo travellers, or Dorothy. A lot of maintenance was carried out, painting and the fitting of the new funnel. At times stairwells were closed, and the fumes from painting meant some areas were inaccessible at times - including my cabin! The only highlights of the cruise was meeting some wonderful people, going to some great places, and the crew.