Author: Julia Lineker
This was my first cruise on my own, my first with Fred Olsen since losing my husband. I chose the Caribbean and Fred Olsen as the ships are smaller and the reviews were good as well as sounding friendly. I had been to the Caribbean several times on larger ships, so knew where I was going apart from Cuba . I loved the ship and met some wonderful new friends, the food was fantastic and the restaurants all friendly , I was lucky to have great dining mates every night and looked forward to dinner and there company on the later dining which I felt better than the earlier as you did not have to rush after a busy day. I enjoyed it so much I considered staying on and sail back to Southampton, however the only staff who were not very friendly or helpful were the Fred Olsen holiday reps I asked if it would be possible but one girl said they wouldnt know till the end of the cruise and it would be in the daily paper, she didnt take my name or cabin number, I waited and nothing in the daily news so I asked again ,this girl said I was too late. I was disappointed and annoyed at there lack of enthusiasm, they need to take some lessons from the waiters and other staff. However this did not put me off and I have now booked a further three back to back cruises next year from Jan to march. If anyone is considering traveling alone I can highly recommend Fred Olsen cruises, there was no problems getting a dubbed, never had to que in the restaurants which were spotlessly clean. The cabin had plenty of storage for one, dont know how four would manage, very clean only criticism was the shower curtain which hugged you. Looking forward to returning next year. Flights were on time and I sat beside the same very lovely couple both ways.