The whole experience of this cruise was dismal from boarding to find our luggage soaking wet in the stateroom to having the amateur crew 'entertain' us on the last night - chefs singing and IT experts doing keepy-uppy with a football. Well meaning and nice people but not the professional entertainment we thought we had bought as part of the package!
We were held on this prison ship for over 24 hours at the beginning with very little information barring an occasional announcement from the Bridge saying that there was a technical fault. Amazingly, instead of making our way to Eire to catch-up with our itinerary, we then endured a rough passage to Guernsey where the tender was slow due to the weather it created long delays in both directions and afforded us just a couple of hours ashore. We then sailed off to Cobh a day late and were informed that our much longed for trip to Liverpool was deleted from the itinerary.No chance to let friends and families know our whereabouts or plans as they unfolded and much frustration and annoyance.
We later fell foul of bad weather as we waited to be tendered into Edinburgh -once again with scant information from the Bridge, and set sail we knew not where. We should have known that there would be no creative solution to this event eg visit a different port. Instead we wandered aimlessly around the North Sea taking 2 days to reach Le Havre! Very lucrative for the on-board shops, casino etc...
The food was very average, some of the 'entertainment' appalling and certainly not magical (those aboard will understand) and the ship's crew very distant.
However, our cabin steward was lovely, the waiter and his assistant very friendly helpful and professional and some of the entertainers excellent - John the Juggler, Paul the Pianist, David Copperfield the Comedian/Singer and a Welsh lady singer/comic saved the day along with the band Superfly.
There were 3 Formal nights when we had been lead to expect 2. We asked to be placed on a table for 6 and ate alone every night.
Our guide on one of the excursions was so appalling that we complained and got a $49.50 refund! Upon returning to the ship in gale force winds we were held on the pier for over 15 mins as there was only one gangway open.
The Captain's cocktail party was just an excuse to promote ships to come and neither he or any of his team made any attempt to engage with passengers.
We berthed alongside a P&O ship in Le Havre and were not surprised to learn that their shuttle bus into town was free whereas the Princess Caribbean shuttle charged 16 Euros per person for the same journey.
All in all a dismal experience and towards the end, people were heard to be saying 'only another day to go' as if their prison sentence were coming to an end.
If this had been our first cruise it would have been our last!