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Black Watch Cruise Review by Linda Gray: Viking Awful!

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Linda Gray
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Viking Awful!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other

This was our first (and only) Fred Olsen cruise. Started well - very friendly and efficient bar and restaurant staff. Small, intimate ship. Food was OK but not the best. Lacked variety - why so much pork???

Then things turned grim. Atrocious weather (in August!) meant that that we had two ports-of-call cancelled. No substitutions arranged by humourless captain. We were begging for landings in the Faeroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland, England, Wales, Scilly Isles, anywhere!

"Entertainment" was amateurish. The singers/musicians in the upstairs bar were fun but the so-called dancers in the Neptune Lounge were dreadful. Perhaps we've been spoilt by American cruises but these were more like unimaginative, lazy junior school productions! Other passengers were ancient. Lounge looked more like a care home than a cruise ship! Lectures were also delivered in the Neptune Lounge - rubbish venue. Loads of view-obstructing pillars and not More enough seats. Why no proper theatre?

However, we did like that we could order discounted cigarettes and alcohol from our cabin. And they would be delivered discreetly in a brown paper bag!Also, the ship was great for discounting certain drinks. And we had two nights of free drinks - the Captain's Welcome Party and a Gala Party. I can see why this company attracts repeat clients! However, like another reviewer, I too was irked by having to pay a hefty fuel supplement (after paying full price!) when other customers paid only £700 for a £2000 cruise! Not fair! Less

Published 04/26/12

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Cabin review: G

We stayed in an outdoor cabin (but no balcony). 2 twin beds (but one doubled as a couch, so not so roomy). Fairly spacious cabin. 2 wardrobes and tea/coffee tray inside one wardrobe. Bathroom OK - usual parameters. Live lectures transmitted to cabins but sometimes no sound!

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