Author: John Ellis
This is a fine ship, quite pristine and clean. However, the entertainment that we have become used to on other cruises was almost totally missing. Every evening there was a display put on by the resident dancers which was really only a variation on the previous night's effort. It was obvious that we were expected to sit in one of the numerous bars and buy drinks at high prices while listening to poor quality singers. There was no cinema and no films on the television so we spent hours watching Euronews and reading. You could buy films but the whole ship was geared to taking money off you. There was no spending money in the way that others have and the shops sold very expensive items. The majority of people were Germans with a splattering of other nationalities so towels were always scattered on the sun loungers even before breakfast. The trips arranged by the ship were very expensive and we even lost the last one in Greece because of a rough sea for disembarking, the ship then returned to Venice at a slow speed to overcome the seven hours we would have had in Gythion, thus saving a large amount of fuel with us the losers. The real reason that we went on this holiday was to go to the Black Sea resorts that we would not have seen otherwise, however, they were not really worth seeing. If we go on another cruise, it will probably be on Royal Caribbean or similar to alleviate the boredom.