We checked in at Birmingham Airport on 11th march. There was no queue and that was the last we saw of our suitcases until we arrived on the ship. Excellent flight, good leg room. When we arrived at Barbados we were transferred directly to the ship from the plane without entering the airport.
We have sailed on this ship before so knew what to expect. Our cabin was inside, in the middle of the ship. It was quite adequate for our needs as we do not spend a lot of time in it. Our cabin steward did an excellent job of looking after us and the cabin, it was very clean and tidy.
Life boat drill now takes place before leaving port, which in the light of recent events is essential, and saves us having to get up early on our first day at sea.
We choose to have a buffet breakfast in the lido restaurant and have dinner in the Orion waiter service restaurant. The waiters soon get to know you and some of them had been on our previous trip and remembered us. Each week there is one formal night, the captains cocktail party, ladies dress in posh frocks and gentlemen wear suit and tie or dinner suits. This is entirely optional, although many people enjoy the opportunity to dress up. For all other evenings, ladies tend dress smartly and gentlemen wear open neck shirts and long trousers in the Orion restaurant. You can choose to sit on your own table or join fellow passengers. We sat with the same couples on a few nights and the waiter saved our table for us. Dinner is 5 courses .
After dinner we went to see the show and then spent the rest of the night in one of the bars.
The standard of entertainment was generally good. There are lots of different types on offer, musicals, caribbean, classical, opera, comedy, quiz and disco, and the casino, or you can find a quiet bar and chat to your fellow passengers.
Drinks are reasonable and there are always bars staff ready to take your order, remember it is a cashless ship and tips are included in the price.
We found all the staff very friendly,helpful,polite and they always treated you as individuals, making our holiday special.
We did go on some trips, the train trip in St Kitts was enjoyable but overpriced.We enjoyed the americas cup sailing and swimming with the turtles in Barbados, well worth the money! Tom went on the rainforest hike which he described as a commando assault course! definately not for the unfit.
Food is available 24/7, so try to loose a few pounds before your holiday.
This ship is not as big as many of the other cruise ships but it has a very friendly and happy atmosphere. The itinerary suited us with only one day at sea and 6 different islands to see. We felt our holiday was really value for money.