Author: Carol Mcalea
I have just returned from a week in the Med and we both found the ship comfortable, the food good (although we noted that in the formal dining room passengers are encouraged to choose 3 courses rather than the good old days when it was 5 or 6!). The buffet was good, excellent choice and always fresh and well-presented. The staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The downside of travelling with this company is their alcohol policy - passengers are not allowed to bring any on board, or to purchase any to have in their cabins. Anything bought on board is wrapped and delivered with your luggage as you leave the ship. Drinks packages were $45 per day, per person and everyone in the party must purchase in order to get the offer. Otherwise, you face paying at least $33 for a bottle of wine, and about $11 for a glass of acceptable but ordinary white wine. Beer was about $5 or $6 and tax is always added to all purchases. For example, a $30 pair of earrings cost me $36 when tax was added. It was therefore a rather expensive way to cruise and I am not convinced the company is special enough to beat British ships. It is all a matter of choice, but I hate paying more than I feel something is worth. I would recommend this line, with the proviso that you take plenty of spends for on board!